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Doyle on the whistle for Midlands derby

Doyle on the whistle for Midlands derby

The experienced JP Doyle will be refereeing perhaps the most mouth-watering Round 15 clash in Gallagher Premiership Rugby as Leicester Tigers hosts Wasps on Saturday afternoon.

The BT Sport cameras will be at Welford Road for the always-intense East Midlands derby as two of the competition’s most storied teams go head to head.

It will be Doyle’s 165th game in the middle in the league – a clash that sees Wasps looking to maintain their strong record against Geordan Murphy’s men, with only one defeat in their last seven fixtures in all competitions – and the assistants are Steve Lee and Hamish Smales, with Sean Davey as TMO.

Elsewhere, Karl Dickson will take charge of the opening game of Round 15 in Gallagher Premiership Rugby.

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It will be the 15th time he has had the whistle for a Premiership Rugby clash and will see Bristol Bears welcome Gloucester Rugby to Ashton Gate.

Dickson will be ably assisted by Tom Foley and Paul Dix for the match-up, live on BT Sport, as the two West Country sides do battle.

The Cherry and Whites have beaten the table-toppers, Exeter Chiefs and then Saracens, in their last two Gallagher Premiership Rugby matches, while Bristol are looking to snap a three-game domestic losing streak.

Saturday’s action is being overseen by three experienced heads in addition to Doyle, starting with Matthew Carley taking charge of his 81st Premiership Rugby game when Bath Rugby host Harlequins.

Elsewhere Ian Tempest (56th Premiership Rugby game) and Luke Pearce (86th Premiership Rugby game) will be in charge of Sale Sharks against Exeter Chiefs and Saracens versus Northampton Saints respectively.

Rounding off the weekend’s action is Newcastle Falcons hosting Worcester Warriors, with Wayne Barnes overseeing proceedings in his 210th match in the competition.

Once again it is live on BT Sport, as the hosts look to maintain their strong form against Worcester – with three wins from their four most recent clashes.

Friday 1 March

Bristol Bears v Gloucester Rugby –LIVE ON BT SPORT

Referee: Karl Dickson (15th Premiership game).

Assistant Referees: Tom Foley & Paul Dix.

TMO: Claire Hodnett.

Citing Officer: Buster White.

Saturday 2 March

Bath Rugby v Harlequins

Referee: Matthew Carley (81st Premiership game).

Assistant Referees: Anthony Woodthorpe & Robert Warburton.

TMO: Graham Hughes.

Citing Officer: Andrew Pearce.

Leicester Tigers v Wasps – LIVE ON BT SPORT

Referee: JP Doyle (165th Premiership game).

Assistant Referees: Steve Lee & Hamish Smales.

TMO: Sean Davey.

Citing Officer: John Byett.

Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs

Referee: Ian Tempest (56th Premiership game).

Assistant Referees: Adam Leal & Jonathan Healy.

TMO: Stuart Terheege.

Citing Officer: Shaun Gallagher.

Saracens v Northampton Saints

Referee: Luke Pearce (86th Premiership game).

Assistant Referees: Jack Makepeace & Michael Hudson.

TMO: David Rose.

Citing Officer: Andy Blyth.

Sunday 3 March

Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors – LIVE ON BT SPORT

Referee: Wayne Barnes (210th Premiership game).

Assistant Referees: Matthew O’Grady & Wayne Falla.

TMO: Rowan Kitt.

Citing Officer: Andy Blyth.

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