Leading Welsh referee Nigel Owens will take charge of the all-Ireland Heineken Cup semi-final showdown between Munster and Leinster at Croke Park on Saturday, 2 May.
Tournament organisers ERC today Thursday 16, April confirmed the match officials for the 2008/09 Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup semi-finals with schedule seeing Owens referee the first Heineken Cup match played at the 82,500 Dublin stadium.
Alain Rolland (Ireland) will referee the clash of Cardiff Blues and Leicester Tigers at the Millennium Stadium. It will be his fourth tournament semi-final in charge, equaling the record of former Scottish referee and current ERC Board member Jim Fleming.
Meanwhile, French referee Romain Poite will get the big European weekend underway when he referees the match between Northampton Saints and Saracens at Franklin's Gardens on Friday, 1 May with Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland) in charge at Stade Pierre Rajon for Bourgoin's match against Worcester Warriors.
For the Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup knock-out games, should the match referee withdraw during the game due to injury he will be replaced by the 4th official.
HEINEKEN CUP 2009 SEMI-FINALS
(Kick-offs LOCAL times)
SATURDAY 2 MAY
17.30 - Munster v Leinster - Croke Park - Nigel Owens (Wales)
4th Official - Wayne Barnes (England)
SUNDAY 3 MAY
15.00 - Cardiff Blues v Leicester Tigers - Millennium Stadium - Alain Rolland (Ireland)
4th Official - Alan Lewis (Ireland)
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.
The Wales Under 20 camp are in a quietly confident mood as they face Ireland in the U20 Championship, with Coaching Co-Ordinator Allan Lewis and full back Dafydd Howells targeting a top five finish in the tournament.