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Women only for Scarlets v Cheetahs

EURO REFEREE NEWS: The return of EPCR’s tournaments will see history made when an all-women’s team of match officials takes charge of the Challenge Cup Round Three fixture between the Scarlets, who lead the way in Pool B with maximum points, and the Cheetahs.


Scotland’s Hollie Davidson will referee the match at Parc y Scarlets on Friday, January 13, with Sara Cox (England) and Clara Munarini (Italy) as assistant referees, and with Claire Hodnett (England) and Helen O’Reilly (Ireland) as TMO and Citing Commissioner respectively.

Davidson will also be in the middle when RC Toulon and Zebre Parma meet at Stade Félix Mayol in Round Four following Thursday’s announcement of the referees for Rounds Three and Four of the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup appointed by a committee chaired by EPCR’s Head of Match Officials Tony Spreadbury.

* Click HERE for the referee appointments for Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2022/23 Champions Cup and Challenge Cup!

The Champions Cup, Round Three clash at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, January 14 between the Bulls and Pool A joint leaders, Exeter Chiefs will be refereed by Mathieu Raynal of France.

On the same day, Leinster, who like Exeter have a maximum 10 points, will have France’s Pierre Brousset in charge when they face Gloucester at Kingsholm.

Also in Pool A, Italy’s Andrea Piardi has been appointed for unbeaten Saracens’ fixture against Lyon and the contest between the Sharks, who have nine points from their two games, and Union Bordeaux-Bègles at Kings Park will see Luke Pearce of England on the whistle.

In Pool B, the contest between holders and joint front-runners, Stade Rochelais, and Ulster at Stade Marcel Deflandre on Saturday, January 14 will be refereed by Georgia’s Nika Amashukeli, while Mike Adamson of Scotland will be in the middle for the meeting of Stade Toulousain, who like Stade Rochelais have nine points from their two matches, and Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Leicester Tigers, the only other club in Pool B with two wins, will have Ireland’s Frank Murphy as referee when they take on ASM Clermont Auvergne at Stade Marcel-Michelin on Friday, January 13.


In addition to the Scarlets v Cheetahs EPCR Challenge Cup fixture on Friday, 13 January, the meeting of Section Paloise and Dragons in Pool B at Stade du Hameau on the same evening will be refereed by Eoghan Cross of Ireland.

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