Alain Rolland and Joel Jutge have been appointed to referee the Heineken Cup semi-finals on the weekend of 22 / 23 April.

Leading Irish official Rolland will be in charge of the semi-final between Biarritz Olympique Pays Basque and Bath Rugby at Estadio Anoeta, San Sebastian, on Saturday, 22 April. It will be the second Heineken Cup semi-final he has refereed.

But it will be the first Heineken Cup semi-final for top French official Jutge when he controls the all-Irish match between Leinster and Munster at Lansdowne Road on Sunday, 23 April.


However, both have refereed Heineken Cup finals, Rolland the 2004 showpiece occasion between London Wasps and Toulouse at Twickenham and Jutge the 2002 Millennium Stadium clash between Leicester Tigers and Munster.


HEINEKEN CUP 2006 SEMI-FINALS
(Both kick-offs LOCAL times)
Saturday, 22 April
16.00 Biarritz Olympique Pays Basque v Bath Rugby – Alain Rolland (Ireland).
Estadio Anoeta, San Sebastian – FR2 / Sky Sports


Sunday, 23 April
15.00 Leinster v Munster – Joel Jutge (France).
Lansdowne Road, Dublin – RTE / Sky Sports / Sports +


Christophe Berdos (France) and Nigel Owens (Wales) will referee the all-English European Challenge Cup semi-finals on the same weekend.


Berdos will be in charge at Kingsholm when Gloucester Rugby meet Worcester Warriors and Owens will control the match between Newcaste Falcons and London Irish at Kingston Park.


EUROPEAN CHALLENGE CUP 2006 SEMI-FINALS
(Both kick-offs LOCAL time)


SATURDAY 22 APRIL
12.35 Gloucester Rugby v Worcester Warriors – Christophe Berdos (France).
Kingsholm – Sky Sports


SUNDAY 23 APRIL
12.35 Newcastle Falcons v London Irish – Nigel Owens (Wales).
Kingston Park – Sky Sports