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EPCR finals: Referee appointments for Champions and Challenge Cup finals made

English referee Matthew Carley final and Matthieu Reynal will take charge of this month’s EPCR finals.  

The Champions Cup final between European heavyweights Leinster and Toulouse will be Carley’s first EPCR final. Karl Dickson and Andrea Piardi will be his assistants on the day, with Ian Tempest as TMO. Stefano Marrama is the match Citing Commissioner..

Reynal will also be taking charge of his EPCR final when he officiates the Challenge Cup final between Gloucester and the Sharks, with Andrew Brace and Pierre Brousset acting as assistants. Eric Gauzins is the TMO for that one and Ed Kenny is the Citing Commissioner.

The French referee was also the man in the middle for Leinster’s semi-final clash with Northampton Saints, whereas Matthew Carley was not selected to officiate any of the EPCR semi-finals due to three games involving English teams.

Both finals will take place on a blockbuster weekend of European action at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Challenge Cup final kicks the weekend off on Friday 24th May at 8:00pm, with the headline Champions Cup final taking place a day later on Saturday 25th May at 2:45pm.

Both EPCR finals will also make history. The Sharks become the first South African side to reach an EPCR final, and the two most successful sides in Champions Cup history, Toulouse and Leinster, meet for the very first time in the showpiece final.

The Champions Cup final is expected to draw in a capacity 62,500 crowd, and the Challenge Cup is also nearing a sell-out too.

EPCR Finals: Referee appointments for Champions and Challenge Cup finals

EPCR Challenge Cup final: Gloucester  vs Sharks

Referee: Mathieu Raynal

Assistant referees: Andrew Brace and Pierre Brousset

TMO: Eric Gauzins

Citing Commissioner: Ed Kenny

Investec Champions Cup final: Leinster vs Toulouse

Referee: Matthew Carley

Assistant referees: Karl Dickson and Andrea Piardi

TMO: Ian Tempest

Citing Commissioner: Stefano Marrama