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Romain Poite takes charge of Aviva Premiership Rugby Champions Exeter Chiefs in Champions Cup

Romain Poite takes charge of Aviva Premiership Rugby Champions Exeter Chiefs in Champions Cup

Romain Poite takes charge of Aviva Premiership Rugby Champions Exeter Chiefs in Champions Cup.

There’s an early festive treat for rugby fans this December as the two European competitions return for another thrilling round of pool matches this weekend.

Reigning Aviva Premiership Rugby Champions Exeter Chiefs welcome Leinster to Sandy Park with France’s Poite set to take charge alongside assistants Thomas Charabas and Vincent Blasco Baqué.

Both sides are unbeaten after the opening two rounds while Glasgow Warriors and Montpellier meet in Pool 3 with England’s Matthew Carley calling the shots.

Two-time European Champions Saracens are also unbeaten in the Champions Cup this season and face French side Clermont Auvergne in a re-run of last year’s final.

Nigel Owens will have the whistle for the clash at Allianz Park with Ben Whitehouse and Wayne Davies assisting him in a huge Pool 5 clash.

In the same pool, Northampton Saints welcome Ospreys to Franklin’s Gardens with Frenchman Alexandre Ruiz the man in the middle alongside Thomas Charabas and Laurent Cardona.

Elsewhere, Andrew Brace takes charge of Bath Rugby’s meeting with RC Toulon and Jérome Garcès will be looking after Munster’s match against Leicester Tigers at Thomond Park.

Englishman Luke Pearce will officiate Castres versus Racing 92 in the same pool while Pascal Gauzère will be in the middle for Harlequins v Ulster and John Lacey referees La Rochelle and Wasps.

In the Challenge Cup, JP Doyle has the Pool 2 match between Toulouse and Lyon while Sale Sharks welcome Cardiff Blues to the AJ Bell with Pierre Brousset in the middle.

Frank Murphy will take charge of Worcester Warriors clash with Oyonnax while Ian Davies will be making the decisions at Kingston Park as Newcastle Falcons face Bordeaux-Begles.

London Irish travel north of the border to face Edinburgh with Ireland’s Sean Gallagher at the helm, while Mike Adamson is handed the whistle for Gloucester’s trip to Zebre.

And Englishman Craig Maxwell-Keys has the final game of the weekend when Connacht Rugby travel to Brive with Chris Ridley and Wayne Falla as his assistants.


Saturday 9th December

Zebre v Gloucester Rugby

Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, 1.30pm

Referee: Mike Adamson

Assistant referees: Lloyd Linton, Bob Nevins

Sale Sharks v Cardiff Blues

AJ Bell Stadium, 3pm

Referee: Pierre Brousset

Assistant referees: Adrien Descottes, Eric Soulan

Worcester Warriors v Oyonnax

Sixways Stadium, 3pm

Referee: Frank Murphy

Assistant referees: Stuart Gaffikin, Jonathan Peak

Newcastle Falcons v Bordeaux-Begles

Kingston Park, 3.15pm – Live on BT Sport

Referee: Ian Davies

Assistant referees: Adam Jones, Elgan Williams

TMO: Neil Hennessy

RC Toulon v Bath Rugby

Stade Félix Mayol, 3.15pm – Live on Sky Sports

Referee: Andrew Brace

Assistant referees: George Clancy, John Carvill

TMO: Peter Fitzgibbon

Northampton Saints v Ospreys

Franklin’s Gardens, 5.30pm – Live on Sky Sports

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz

Assistant referees: Thomas Charabas, Laurent Cardona

TMO: Eric Briquet-Campin

Edinburgh v London Irish

Myreside, 7.35pm

Referee: Sean Gallagher

Assistant referees: Mark Patton, Richard Kerr

Munster v Leicester Tigers

Thomond Park, 7.45pm – Live on BT Sport

Referee: Jérome Garcès

Assistant referees: Ludovic Cayre, Hervé Labaylette

TMO: Philippe Bonhoure


Sunday 10th December

Harlequins v Ulster Rugby

The Twickenham Stoop, 1pm – Live on BT Sport

Referee: Pascal Gauzère

Assistant referees: Maxime Chalon, Jean-Luc Rebollal

TMO: Eric Gauzins

La Rochelle v Wasps

Stade Marcel-Deflandre, 1pm – Live on BT Sport

Referee: John Lacey

Assistant referees: David Wilkinson, Kieran Barry

TMO: Simon McDowell

Saracens v ASM Clermont Auvergne

Allianz Park, 3.15pm – Live on BT Sport

Referee: Nigel Owens

Assistant referees: Ben Whitehouse, Wayne Davies

TMO: Jonathan Mason

Exeter Chiefs v Leinster Rugby

Sandy Park, 5.30pm – Live on BT Sport

Referee: Romain Poite

Assistant referees: Thomas Charabas, Vincent Blasco Baqué

TMO: Eric Gonthier

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