The referee appointments for the Challenge and Champions Cup have been confirmed after eight long months without top-class European action.
France’s Pascal Gauzère will be in charge when the Champions Cup resumes with the heavyweight clash of No 1-ranked, Leinster Rugby, and holders, Saracens, on Saturday, 19 September at the Aviva Stadium.
Saturday 19 September
Leinster Rugby v Saracens, Aviva Stadium (15:00) BT Sport/beIN SPORTS
ASM Clermont Auvergne v Racing 92, Stade Marcel-Michelin (17:45) BT Sport/beIN SPORTS/France Televisions
Sunday 20 September
Toulouse v Ulster Rugby, Stade Ernest Wallon (12:30) Channel 4/Virgin Media/BT Sport/beIN SPORTS/FR2
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints, Sandy Park (17:30) BT Sport/beIN SPORTS
Semi-finals: weekend of 25/26/27 September
Challenge Cup final: Friday, 16 October
Heineken Champions Cup final: Saturday, 17 October
The Challenge Cup last-eight matches get underway on Friday, 18 September with the clash of Bristol Bears and the Dragons at Ashton Gate where France’s Mathieu Raynal will be on the whistle, and on the following day, Ireland’s Frank Murphy will be in the middle for the Stade Chaban-Delmas meeting of Bordeaux-Bègles and Edinburgh Rugby, while his compatriot, Andrew Brace, has been appointed for the RC Toulon-Scarlets tie at Stade Félix Mayol.
The concluding Challenge Cup quarter-final on Sunday, 20 September which pits Leicester Tigers against Castres Olympique at Welford Road will be refereed by Mike Adamson of Scotland.