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Referees at the ready for Round 14 of Gallagher Premiership Rugby

Referees at the ready for Round 14 of Gallagher Premiership Rugby

JP Doyle will be the man in the middle as Round 14 of the Gallagher Premiership gets underway on Friday evening with a mouth-watering clash between Gloucester Rugby and Saracens.

The experienced Irishman has been handed the reins for leaders Saracens’ trip to face Gloucester at Kingsholm and is in line to make his 164th appearance as a Premiership referee.

Doyle will be assisted by Greg Macdonald and Peter Allan, with Trevor Fisher serving as TMO.

Saracens leapfrogged rivals Exeter Chiefs at the top of the table last weekend following a 33-10 victory over Leicester Tigers and will hope to continue their strong form in the West Country.

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Elsewhere, Luke Pearce will officiate his 85th Premiership Rugby game as Exeter look to get back on track at home to Newcastle Falcons on Saturday, while Andrew Jackson is set to take charge of his 19th league match when Wasps and Sale Sharks meet at the Ricoh Arena.

Wasps edged a tight, end-to-end encounter at Bristol Bears last time out, and will attempt to build on that impressive display on home soil against Steve Diamond’s Sharks.

Also on Saturday, Tom Foley is the man in the middle as Harlequins welcome Bristol Bears to The Stoop, while Ian Tempest referees at Franklin’s Gardens as Bath Rugby take on Northampton Saints.
Sunday’s live action comes from Sixways, with Worcester Warriors and Leicester battling it out in a Midlands derby.

Craig Maxwell-Keys has been tasked with the all-important role for that one, with Adam Leal & Jonathan Healy on hand as assistants and David Rose as TMO.

Friday 22 February

Gloucester Rugby v Saracens (Kingsholm, 7.45pm) Live on BT Sport
Referee: JP Doyle (164th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Greg Macdonald & Peter Allan.
TMO: Trevor Fisher. Citing Officer: Buster White.

Saturday 23 February

Harlequins v Bristol Bears (Twickenham Stoop, 2pm)
Referee: Tom Foley (61st Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Hamish Smales & Wayne Falla.
TMO: Stuart Terheege. Citing Officer: Paul Burke.

Wasps v Sale Sharks (Ricoh Arena, 2pm)
Referee: Andrew Jackson (19th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Matthew O’Grady & Paul Dix.
TMO: David Grashoff. Citing Officer: Grant Seely.

Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons (Sandy Park, 2.30pm)
Referee: Luke Pearce (85th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Anthony Woodthorpe & Philip Watters.
TMO: Geoff Warren Citing Officer: Danae Zamboulis.

Northampton Saints v Bath Rugby (Franklin’s Gardens, 2.45pm)
Referee: Ian Tempest (55th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Robert Warburton & Simon McConnell.
TMO: Nigel Carrick & Trevor Fisher. Citing Officer: Andy Blyth.

Sunday 24 February

Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers (Sixways, 1pm) Live on BT Sport
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (59th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Adam Leal & Jonathan Healy.
TMO: David Rose. Citing Officer: Nick Wood.

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