Next month, French referee Tual Trainini and English referees Wayne Barnes and Matthew Carley will be at the whistle of the historic Champions Cup encounters contested for the first time by South African clubs.
The referees for Days 1 and 2 of the 2022/2023 edition of the EPCR tournaments have been appointed by a committee represented by Tony Spreadbury, EPCR Refereeing Manager.
Barnes will referee the Pool B clash at Stade Marcel-Michelin between ASM Clermont Auvergne and DHL Stormers on Saturday December 10, live on beIN SPORTS, while earlier in the day Trainini will take charge of the match of the Pool between Cell C Sharks and Harlequins in Durban, South Africa.
Click HERE to see the list of referees appointed for Days 1 and 2 of the 2022/2023 Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup.
That same Saturday, December 10, Carley will officiate in the Pool A duel between the Vodacom Bulls and Lyon, winners of the last edition of the EPCR Challenge Cup, at the Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria.
Irishman Andrew Brace has been chosen to referee the Pool B confrontation between defending champions Stade Rochelais and the Northampton Saints at Stade Marcel Deflandre, broadcast by France Télévisions and beIN SPORTS. In Pool A, the highly anticipated match between Racing 92 and Leinster Rugby, relocated to the Stade Océane in Le Havre, will be refereed by Englishman Luke Pearce.
The other English referee Christophe Ridley will lead the Pool B match at Thomond Park between Munster Rugby and five-time tournament winners Stade Toulousain. This meeting on Sunday December 11 will be broadcast by beIN SPORTS and France Télévisions.
Also this Sunday, December 11, the Pool A duel between Saracens and Edinburgh Rugby will be refereed by Georgian Nika Amashukeli.
Frenchman Ludovic Cayre will referee his first Champions Cup game when the Ospreys meet Leicester Tigers at Swansea.com Stadium, as will his compatriot Luc Ramos who has been appointed to officiate the Matchday 2 game between Leinster Rugby and Gloucester Rugby (Poule A) at the RDS Arena on Friday 16 December.
This unprecedented new Champions Cup campaign will begin on Friday 9 December with the Pool B duel between the London Irish, back in the elite tournament for the first time since 2012, and Montpellier Hérault Rugby, refereed by the Italian Andrea Piardi.
The EPCR Challenge Cup season will also start on Friday December 9 with Stade Français Paris and Benetton Rugby refereed by Irishman Eoghan Cross, while another Irish referee, Chris Busby, has been appointed for the USAP match. – Bristol Bears at Stade Aimé Giral on the same evening.
On Saturday 10 December, the Pool B matches between the Emirates Lions and Dragons RFC, and between Section Paloise and the Toyota Cheetahs will be refereed respectively by Englishman Anthony Woodthorpe and Scotsman Sam Grove-White.