May 24, 2024

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RUGBY.  Champions Cup.  An English referee blows the whistle for the final between Stade Toulouse and Leinster

RUGBY. Champions Cup. An English referee blows the whistle for the final between Stade Toulouse and Leinster

The winners of the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup will have to wait until next weekend. Meanwhile, EPCR has kept a lid on the officials of these two matches, which are eagerly awaited by rugby fans.

England’s Matthew Carle has taken charge of the Investec Champions Cup final between Leinster and Stade Toulouse. The encounter is set for Saturday, May 25 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

This will be the first time for Carly, who has already refereed at the 2023 World Cup. On the edge of the pitch, he will be supported by Carl Dixon and Andrea Biardi, the poster’s cast promises to be spectacular and competitive.

Investec Champions Cup Final
(Kick-off local time)
Leinster Rugby – State Toulouse
Saturday May 25 – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London (2.45pm)
Referee : Matthew Carle (England); Assistant referees : Carl Dixon (England), Andrea Biardi (ITA) Video referee : Ian Tempest (Eng); Citation Commissioner : Stefano Marrama (Ita)

The day before, on Friday May 24, Frenchman Mathieu Reynold will be on the whistle in the EPCR Challenge Cup final between Gloucester Rugby and Hollywoodbets Sharks.

In what will be his first EPCR Cup final, Reynold will benefit from the experience of assistant referees Andrew Brace and Pierre Bruchet.

EPCR Challenge Cup Finals
(Kick-off local time)
Gloucester Rugby – Hollywood Bets Sharks
Friday 24 May – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London (8:00pm)
Referee : Mathew Reynold (Fra); Assistant referees : Andrew Brace (Irl), Pierre Brousset (Fra); Video referee : Eric Cousins ​​(Fr); Citation Commissioner : Ed Kenny (IRL)

The important roles don’t stop there as Ian Tempest acts as video referee for the Champions Cup, while Eric Cousins ​​will do the same for the Challenge Cup.

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Beyond the tactics and individual talents of the players, the mastery and precision of refereeing by Carle and Reynal will be decisive in the outcome of these clashes. After many controversies in recent months, fans are hoping these matches will be free of criticism.