'Back to Back Finals' - Match Officials Confirmed for Bulls vs Glasgow Warriors in URC Grand Final - Ruck

‘Back to Back Finals’ – Match Officials Confirmed for Bulls vs Glasgow Warriors in URC Grand Final

One year after becoming the first Italian match official to referee a BKT United Rugby Championship Grand Final, Andrea Piardi has been appointed to this season’s showpiece decider in Pretoria where the Vodacom Bulls meet Glasgow Warriors.

Having impressed in last year’s Grand Final, the 31-year-old, who was part of the match officials team for the Rugby World Cup in France and recently debuted in the Guinness Six Nations (Ireland v Wales), has made a further eight appearances this season to underscore his impressive rise since first taking charge of a league fixture in February 2019.

Referee Andrea Piardi during the Heineken Champions Cup match between London Irish and Montpellier at The Gtech Community Stadium, London on 9 December 2022 (Photo: Danny Loo/PPAUK)

Piardi has been a familiar face in the BKT URC Play-Offs in the past three seasons and this marks his sixth appointment for a knock-out game in that time spell. Saturday’s Grand Final at Loftus Versfeld will be the Italian’s 45th league appearance.

Piardi’s Match Officials team will consist of Frank Murphy (IRFU) and Craig Evans (WRU) as Assistant Referee 1 and 2, respectively. Matteo Liperini (FIR) will serve as Television Match Official. The team will have the combined experience of 188 league games.

Due to a policy of neutrality for match official appointments for the Grand Final, no South African or Scottish referees could be considered.