Referee for Champions Cup final and Challenge Cup final announced

Wayne Barnes will take charge of the 2018 Champions Cup final between Leinster Rugby and Racing 92 at the San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao.

The vastly-experienced Barnes will be in the middle for a European Cup final for the second time having refereed the 2010 decider, which saw Toulouse beat Biarritz.

Barnes’ assistant referees in Bilbao will be JP Doyle and Tom Foley also of the RFU.

Meanwhile, Jérome Garces has been appointed to referee the Challenge Cup final between the Cardiff Blues and Gloucester Rugby also at the San Mamés Stadium on Friday, 11 May.

The French duo of Romain Poite and Pascal Gauzère will run the line for Garcès who will be refereeing the Challenge Cup final for a third time.

The appointments were announced today (Tuesday, 1 May) by EPCR’s selection committee which is chaired by the tournament organiser’s Head of Match Officials, Joel Jutge.

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