Challenge Cup officials named for Rounds 5 & 6

Italy’s Carlo Damasco will extend his record of officiating at the most Amlin Challenge Cup matches when he takes charge of two of the tournament’s crucial Rounds 5 and 6 contests in the New Year.

In Round 5, he will control the all-French meeting of Bordeaux-Begles and Bayonne in Pool 3, while in Round 6, he has been appointed for the Pool 2 clash of European newcomers, Lyon Rugby, and Newcastle Falcons, at Matmut Stadium. The two fixtures will take Damasco’s Amlin Challenge Cup tally to 36.


ERC today (Thursday, 22 December 2011) announced the referees for the final two rounds of the tournament pool stages with the five pool winners and three Heineken Cup qualifiers advancing to the quarter-finals.


Three Scottish officials – Andrew Macpherson, Peter Allan and Andrew McMenemy – are on duty in both rounds, while three Welsh referees – Neil Hennessy, Leighton Hodges and James Jones – will be involved in the final round of matches.


Following every round of both the Heineken Cup and the Amlin Challenge Cup, ERC conducts a comprehensive review of all games in conjunction with referee managers in each Union and actively encourages feedback on the performances of the officials from the clubs’ coaching staff with a view to achieving greater consistency of interpretation.


AMLIN CHALLENGE CUP 2011/12
(All kick-offs local time)


ROUND 5


Thursday, 12 January 2012


Pool 3 Bordeaux-Begles v Bayonne 20.15 Carlo Damasco (It)


Friday, 13 January 2012


Pool 5 Brive v Agen 20.00 Luke Pearce (E)


Saturday, 14 January 2012


Pool 1 Worcester Warriors v Banca Monte Crociati 15.00 Andrew Macpherson (S)


Pool 1 Bucharest Wolves v Stade Francais Paris 14.00 Marius Mitrea (It)


Pool 3 Femi-CZ VEA Rovigo v London Wasps 15.00 Laurent Cardona (F)


Pool 4 I Cavalieri Prato v Exeter Chiefs 14.30 Cedric Marchat (F)


Pool 4 Perpignan v Newport Gwent Dragons 20.55 Peter Allan (S)


Pool 5 CR La Vila v Sale Sharks 16.00 Andrew McMenemy (S)


Sunday, 15 January 2012


Pool 2 Toulon v Lyon Rugby 18.30 James Jones (W)


Pool 2 Newcastle Falcons v Petrarca Rugby 15.30 Neil Hennessy (W)


ROUND 6


Thursday, 19 January 2012


Pool 5 Agen v CR La Vila 20.45 Marius Mitrea (It)


Pool 5 Sale Sharks v Brive 19.45 Neil Paterson (S)


Saturday, 21 January 2012


Pool 1 Banca Monte Crociati v Bucharest Wolves 15.00 David Wilkinson (I)


Pool 1 Stade Francais Paris v Worcester Warriors 20.45 Leighton Hodges (W)


Pool 2 Lyon Rugby v Newcastle Falcons 15.00 Carlo Damasco (It)


Pool 2 Petrarca Rugby v Toulon 15.00 Andrew Macpherson (S)


Pool 4 Exeter Chiefs v Perpignan 15.00 Dudley Phillips (I)


Pool 4 Newport Gwent Dragons v I Cavalieri Prato 15.00 Andrew McMenemy (S)


Sunday, 22 January 2012


Pool 3 London Wasps v Bordeaux-Begles 15.00 Neil Hennessy (W)


Pool 3 Bayonne v Femi-CZ VEA Rovigo 16.00 James Jones (W)

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