South Africa’s Jaco Peyper and Wayne Barnes of England will referee this season’s Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals, the EPCR has confirmed.
Peyper will make history by becoming the first South African official to referee an EPCR final when he takes charge of the Champions Cup decider between Leinster and holders, La Rochelle, at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Saturday 20 May.His assistants will be the English duo, Karl Dickson and Christophe Ridley, with Tom Foley, also of England, as TMO and Beth Dickens (Scotland) as the match Citing Commissioner.
The vastly-experienced Barnes will be refereeing his sixth EPCR final following his appointment for the Challenge Cup clash between Glasgow Warriors and Toulon at the Aviva Stadium on Friday 19 May.
He has previously taken charge of the 2012 and 2019 Challenge Cup deciding matches as well as three Champions Cup finals in 2010, 2018 and last season.Barnes will have Ireland’s Chris Busby and Craig Evans of Wales running the line with Ben Whitehouse (Wales) as TMO and Ciaran Scally (Ireland) as Citing Commissioner.
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