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Irish trio to take charge in Amlin Challenge Cup final

While Connacht’s defeat by Toulon last weekend means there is no Irish side in this season’s Amlin Challenge Cup final, Ireland will be well represented in Marseille on Sunday, May 23.

Alain Rolland will referee the final between Cardiff Blues and Toulon at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille where his assistants will be fellow Irish pair Alan Lewis and George Clancy.

In what will be his 62nd ERC match, Rolland, who refereed the 2004 Heineken Cup final, takes charge of his first Amlin Challenge Cup showpiece.

A day earlier, the Heineken Cup final will see an all-English trio on duty for the all-French clash in Paris.

Wayne Barnes will be the referee at Stade de France on Saturday, May 22 when Biarritz Olympique and Toulouse go head to head.

At 31, he will be the youngest referee to control a Heineken Cup final.

His assistants will be Dave Pearson and Chris White.

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