Nigel Owens to referee Champions Cup final

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Nigel Owens of Wales will referee his 100th tournament match when he takes charge of the Champions Cup final between ASM Clermont Auvergne and Saracens at BT Murrayfield on Saturday, 13 May.

Ireland's John Lacey has been appointed to referee the Challenge Cup decider between Gloucester Rugby and Stade Francais Paris on Friday, 12 May at the same venue, while Mike Adamson of Scotland will be in the middle for the meeting of Enisei-STM and Krasny Yar in the all-Russian Continental Shield decider, also at the BT Murrayfield complex.

The appointments were announced today by EPCR's selection committee, which is chaired by the tournament organiser's Head of Match Officials, Joel Jutge.

Currently the world's most experienced referee, Owens took charge of the Champions Cup semi-final between Clermont and Leinster in Lyon as well as the tournament quarter-final that saw Leinster overturn Wasps at the Aviva Stadium. 

He will be taking charge of European club rugby's showpiece match for the third year in a row. His assistant referees in Edinburgh will be Ireland's George Clancy and Ian Davies of Wales.

Lacey will be refereeing the Challenge Cup final for the second year in a row and his assistant referees will be Andrew Brace of Ireland and Wales' Ben Whitehouse.

2017 Challenge Cup final: Gloucester Rugby v Stade Francais Paris
Friday, 12 May – BT Murrayfield, 8pm
Referee: John Lacey (Ire); Assistant referees: Andrew Brace (Ire), Ben Whitehouse (Wal); TMO: Simon McDowell (Ire); Citing Commissioner: John Montgomery (Sco).

2017 Continental Shield final: Enisei-STM v Krasny Yar
Saturday, 13 May – BT Murrayfield complex, 12pm 
Referee: Mike Adamson (Sco); Assistant referees: Lloyd Linton (Sco), David Sutherland (Sco); Citing Commissioner: Andy Blyth (Eng).

2017 Champions Cup final: ASM Clermont Auvergne v Saracens
Saturday, 13 May – BT Murrayfield, 5pm
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wal); Assistant referees: George Clancy (Ire), Ian Davies (Wal); TMO: Jon Mason (Wal); Citing Commissioner: Stefano Marrama (Ita).

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