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Referee appointments: Wayne Barnes and Matthew Carley in action

Wayne Barnes returns to Aviva Premiership Rugby action on Friday night when Exeter Chiefs look to steal a march on fourth-place Leicester Tigers away to Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Gloucestershire’s Barnes was the man in the middle as world No. 1 side New Zealand narrowly beat France 24-19 at the Stade de France last weekend, but now he turns his attention to England’s top flight.

The experienced Greg Garner takes charge of a marquee clash between third-place Bath Rugby and table-toppers Saracens –  with just three losses between them this season, it is likely to be a tense affair.

Matthew Carley is also back from Test action, having overseen Scotland’s 43-16 win over Georgia in Kilmarnock last weekend, when he takes charge of Gloucester Rugby against Bristol Rugby at Kingsholm.

And Carley will likely be dealing with Cherry and Whites club captain Greig Laidlaw, who also skippers the Scottish Test side.

Elsewhere JP Doyle takes charge of the East Midlands Derby between Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints, Craig Maxwell-Keys heads up Wasps trip to Worcester Warriors and Ian Tempest is refereeing between Newcastle falcons and Harlequins.

Here’s your full list of Match Officials for Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 10:

The Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs Official
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Assistant Referees: Peter Allan & Paul Dix
TMO: David Rose

Bath Rugby v Saracens
Referee: Greg Garner
Assistant Referees: Roy Maybank & Roger Baileff
TMO: Rowan Kitt

Gloucester Rugby v Bristol Rugby Club
Referee: Matthew Carley
Assistant Referees: Ross Campbell & Paul Burton
TMO: Stuart Terheege

Leicester Tigers v Official Northampton Saints
Referee: JP Doyle
Assistant Referees: Luke Pearce & Wayne Falla
TMO: Trevor Fisher

Newcastle Falcons v Harlequins Rugby Union
Referee: Ian Tempest
Assistant Referees: Tim Wigglesworth & Gareth Copsey
TMO: David Grashoff

Worcester Warriors v Wasps
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
Assistant Referees: Dean Richards & Andrew Pearce
TMO: David Sainsbury

 

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