EPCR name referees for Leinster-Toulouse, Sharks-Gloucester finals


Matthew Carley has been appointed to officiate the Investec Champions Cup final on 25 May between Leinster and Toulouse at Tottenham. There has been a suggestion, specifically from the likes of pundit Andy Judd, that Luke Pearce should be the English official tasked with taking charge of the Irish versus French decision.

However, EPCR's Chief Match Officer Tony Spreadbury decided that Carley, whose last Champions Cup refereeing appointment was the Round of 16 clash between the Stormers and La Rochelle, would be the best fit for the upcoming final.

Instead of reaching the quarter-finals, Carly remained in South Africa and was blowing the whistle for the following weekend's EPCR Challenge Cup quarter-final between the Sharks and Edinburgh in Durban on 13 April.

Meanwhile, French whistler Mathieu Raynal, who will retire at the end of this season, will take charge of the Challenge Cup final between Gloucester and the Sharks having most recently been in charge of the Leinster Cup semi-final versus Champions League champions Northampton in Dublin.

A statement read: “Englishman Matthew Carley and Frenchman Mathieu Raynal will referee the finals of the 2024 Investec Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup respectively after the announcement on Wednesday of the match referees who were appointed by a selection committee headed by EPCR.” Chief match referee Tony Spreadbury.

Combinations

Investec Champions Cup

Leinster

Toulouse

Carly will officiate his first EPCR final when he takes charge of the Investec Heavyweight Champions Cup match between Leinster Rugby and Stade Toulousain at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 25.

Raynal, who was set to decide the EPCR Challenge Cup final between Gloucester Rugby and Hollywood Pets Sharks at the modern London Stadium the night before (May 24), will also be in charge of the EPCR Championship final for the first time.

“Carly’s assistants will be Carl Dixon from England and Italy’s Andrea Biardi with Ian Tempest, also from England, as TMO and Stefano Marama (Itai) as match commissioner.

“Reynal will appoint Irishmen Andrew Brace and Pierre Brosset from France to run the line with Eric Gouzens (France) as TMO and Ed Kenny (Ireland) as Transfer Commissioner.”

EPCR Challenge Cup Final
(The start of the match is local time)
Gloucester Rugby vs Hollywood Pets Sharks
Friday 24 May – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London (20:00)
to rule: Mathieu Raynal (France); Assistant referees: Andrew Bryce (Ireland), Pierre Brosset (France); You died: Eric Gouzens (France); Quoted by the Commissioner:Ed Kenny (ER)

INVESTEC Champions Cup Final
(start of the match local time)
Leinster Rugby vs Stade Toulousain
Saturday 25 May – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London (14.45)
to rule: Matthew Carley (Engineer); Assistant referees: Carl Dixon (England), Andrea Biardi (Italy) You died: Ian Tempest (Engineer); Quoted by the Commissioner: Stefano Marama (ETA)





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