Nika Amashukeli of Georgia will make his debut as a Champions Cup referee when he takes charge of the Round 3 fixture between Pool B joint-leaders, Racing 92, and Harlequins at Paris La Défense Arena on Sunday, 17 January.
Amashukeli’s selection for the high-profile fixture live on BT Sport is one of 38 referee appointments for Rounds 3 and 4 of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup which have been announced today by a committee chaired by Joel Jutge, EPCR’s Head of Match Officials.
Ireland’s Frank Murphy will be in the middle for the key Pool B showdown at Sandy Park between holders, Exeter Chiefs, and Toulouse on Saturday, 16 January, while on the same day, Luke Pearce of England has been appointed to referee the eagerly-awaited return match between Munster Rugby and ASM Clermont Auvergne at Thomond Park.
Click HERE for the referee appointments for Rounds 3 and 4 of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup
Also in Pool B, England’s Christophe Ridley will be in charge of the clash of joint-leaders, Lyon, and Glasgow Warriors at Matmut Stadium de Gerland.
At the top of Pool A, Leinster Rugby’s meeting with Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday, 15 January will be refereed by Alexandre Ruiz of France, and Scotland’s Mike Adamson has been appointed for the head-to-head between Montpellier and Wasps at the GGL Stadium the following day.
Karl Dickson of England will be in the middle when unbeaten Bordeaux-Bègles take on the Dragons at Rodney Parade on Sunday, 17 January, while the clash of Bath Rugby and in-form La Rochelle at the Recreation Ground on the same day will be refereed by Wales’s Ben Whitehouse.
The preliminary stage of the Challenge Cup resumes on Friday, 15 January with England’s Sara Cox making her debut as a referee in European competition when she takes charge of Agen v Benetton Rugby at Stade Armandie, and similarly, the following day, Hollie Davidson of Scotland will referee her first Challenge Cup fixture when Newcastle Falcons host Castres Olympique at Kingston Park.