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Referee appointments: O’Grady and Foley in action

Matthew O’Grady will make his Aviva Premiership Rugby debut on Saturday after being named as referee for Exeter Chiefs’ home clash with Worcester Warriors.

O’Grady was involved in the U20 World Cup last summer, but will now make the step up at Sandy Park – where victory could help the Chiefs climb back into the top four.

Andrew Jackson will make just his second Aviva Premiership Rugby appearance as he takes charge under the Friday Night Lights at Franklin’s Gardens as Northampton Saints host Newcastle Falcons.

Jackson made his debut last week as defending champions Saracens beat Sale Sharks to move back to the top of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table.

There is plenty of experience this weekend too, as veteran official Tim Wigglesworth takes charge of Bristol Rugby v Leicester Tigers on Friday night, while Dean Richards will be at The Stoop for Harlequins against Bath Rugby.

Elsewhere, Greg McDonald takes control of the whistle at Allianz Park as Saracens host Gloucester Rugby, while Thomas Foley is the man in the middle for Wasps against Sale Sharks.

Bristol Rugby v Leicester Tigers

Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (109th Premiership game)

Assistant referees: Gareth Copsy & Jonathan Healy

TMO: Sean Davey

 

Northampton Saints v Newcastle Falcons (live on BT Sport)

Referee: Andrew Jackson (2nd Premiership game)

Assistant referees: Ross Campbell & Peter Allan

TMO: David Sainsbury

 

Exeter Chiefs v Worcester Warriors

Referee: Matthew O’Grady (1st Premiership game)

Assistant referees: Andrew Pearce & Paul Burton

TMO: Geoff Warren

 

Saracens v Gloucester Rugby (live on BT Sport)

Referee: Greg Macdonald (4th Premiership game)

Assistant referees: Phil Watters & Andy Watson

TMO: David Grashoff

 

Wasps v Sale Sharks

Referee: Thomas Foley (27th Premiership game)

Assistant referees: Roger Baileff & Nigel Carrick

TMO: Stuart Terheege

 

Harlequins v Bath Rugby (live on BT Sport)

Referee: Dean Richards (90th Premiership game)

Assistant referees: Kevin Stewart & Simon McConnell

TMO: David Rose

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