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Nigel Owens to referee Champions Cup final

Nigel Owens of Wales has been appointed to referee the European Rugby Champions Cup final between Racing 92 and Saracens at the Grand Stade de Lyon on Saturday, 14 May, while Ireland’s John Lacey will take charge of the Challenge Cup final between Harlequins and Montpellier at the same venue on Friday, 13 May.

The appointments were announced today (Friday, 29 April) by EPCR's selection committee which is chaired by the tournament organiser's Head of Match Officials, Donal Courtney.

Having previously refereed European club rugby's showpiece match in 2008, 2009, 2012 and last season, Owens will be in charge for a record fifth time in Lyon. The Welshman is currently the most experienced official in the northern hemisphere and has been in the middle for 103 European club games to date.

His assistant referees will be Ireland's George Clancy and Leighton Hodges of Wales.

Lacey will be refereeing his 50th European club match when he takes charge of the Challenge Cup final and his assistant referees will be Marius Mitrea of Italy and Ireland's Peter Fitzgibbon.

The Champions Cup final is on course for a 59,000-sell out attendance while tickets for the Challenge Cup decider are selling via

2016 Challenge Cup final – Harlequins v Montpellier
Friday, 13 May – Grand Stade de Lyon  21.00

Referee: John Lacey (Ire); Assistant referees: Marius Mitrea (Ita), Peter Fitzgibbon (Ire); TMO: Jim Yuille (Sco); Citing Commissioner: Eugene Ryan (Ire)

2016 Champions Cup final – Racing 92 v Saracens
Saturday, 14 May – Grand Stade de Lyon  17.45

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wal); Assistant referees: George Clancy (Ire), Leighton Hodges (Wal); TMO: Simon McDowell (Ire); Citing Commissioner: Murray Whyte (Ire)

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