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World Rugby's Sevens caravan moves down from Arabia to the bottom of Africa, European clubs are going into Round 3 of their Championship and Challenge Cup and the Varsity matches take place at Twickenham.

By Paul Dobson, Moonsport

That is already a great deal to enhance the interest.

Andrew Brace is injured and his place is taken by Nigel Owens - not a bad replacement.


World Ruby's Sevens Series

Round 2

Referees: James Doleman (New Zealand), Paulo Duarte (Portugal), Richard Haughton (England), Richard Kelly (New Zealand), Damon Murphy (Australia), Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa), Matt Rodden (Hong Kong), Jérémy Rozier (France)


Oceania Trophy

Round 1
Samoa vs Tonga at Marist Stadium, Apia
Referee: Kaveni Talemaivavalagi (Fiji)
Assistant referees: Fa'avae Neru (Samoa), Avi’i Fa’alupega (Samoa)
Assessors: Michael Tanzer (Australia), Tui Komiti (Samoa)

Round 2
Samoa vs Tonga at Marist Stadium, Apia
Referee: Kaveni Talemaivavalagi (Fiji)
Assistant referees: Alan Aiolupotea (Samoa), Posi Isamaeli (Samoa)
Assessor: Michael Tanzer (Australia)


Ulster vs Australia at Queen's University Belfast
Referee: Chris Busby (Ireland)

Ireland vs Australia at Energia Park
Referee: Jack Lewars (England)
Assistant referees: Richard Kerr, John Cole

Heineken Cup

Round 3

Edinburgh vs Newcastle Falcons at Murrayfield
Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Assistant referees: Andrea Piardi (Italy), Matteo Liperini (Italy)
Television match official: Stefano Pennè (Italy)
Citing commissioner: Tim Lowry (Ireland)

Scarlets vs Ulster at Parc y Scarlets
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (France)
Assistant referees: Ludovic Cayre (France), Cédric Marchat (France)
Television match official: Éric Briquet-Campin (France)
Timekeeper: Terry Thomas (Wales)
Citing commissioner: Maurizio Vancini (Italy)

Exeter Chiefs vs Gloucester at Sandy Park
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Assistant referees: Maxime Chalon (France), Jean-Luc Rebollal (France)
Television match official: Éric Gauzins (France)
Timekeeper: Andrew Pearce (England)
Citing commissioner: Stefano Marrama (Italy)

Lyon vs Glasgow Warriors at Matmut Stadium de Gerland
Referee: Matthew Carley (England)
Assistant referees: Greg Macdonald (England), Wayne Falla (England)
Television match official: Geoff Warren (England)
Citing commissioner: John Byett (England)

Bath vs Leinster at Recreation Ground
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant referees: Pierre Brousset (France), Vincent Blasco Baqué (France)
Television match official: Philippe Bonhoure (France)
Timekeeper: Laurie Bryant (England)
Citing commissioner: Jeff Mark (Wales)

Toulon vs Montpellier at Stade Felix-Mayol
Referee: Luke Pearce (England)
Assistant referees: Andrew Jackson (England), Simon McConnell (England)
Television match official: Rowan Kitt (England)
Citing commissioner: Danae Zamboulis (England)

Wasps vs Toulouse at Ricoh Arena
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Nigel Correll (Ireland), Barrie O'Connell (Ireland)
Television match official: Olly Hodges (Ireland)
Timekeeper: Malcolm Sinclair (England)
Citing commissioner: Peter Ferguson (Ireland)

Munster vs Castres at Thomond Park
Referee: JP Doyle (England)
Assistant referees: Christophe Ridley (England), Paul Dix (England)
Television match official: David Grashoff (England)
Timekeeper: Jude Quinn (Ireland)
Assessor: Les Peard (Wales)
Citing commissioner: Francesco Grillo (Italy)

Saracens vs Cardiff Blues at Allianz Park, Barnet
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant referees: Cyril Lafon (France), Stéphane Boyer (France)
Television match official: Denis Grenouillet (France)
Timekeeper: Roy Marfleet (England)
Citing commissioner: Eugene Ryan (Ireland)

Racing vs Leicester Tigers at Paris La Defense Arena
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Sean Gallagher (Ireland), Jonny Erskine (Ireland)
Television match official: Simon McDowell (Ireland)
Citing commissioner: Murray Whyte (Ireland)

Challenge Cup

Round 3

Pau vs Worcester Warriors at Stade du Hameau
Referee: Frank Murphy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: tba, Ken Imbusch (Ireland)
Assessor: Christophe Berdos (France)

Grenoble vs Agen at Stade des Alpes
Referee: Vlad Iordachescu (Romania)
Assistant referees: Alexandru Ionescu (Romania), Madalin Girbau (Romania)
Television match official: Patrick Dellac (France)

Enisei-STM vs Zebre at Yug Stadium, Sochi
Referee: Ian Tempest (England)
Assistant referees: Adam Leal (England), Hamish Smales (England)
Assessor: Bertie Smith (Ireland)

Timisoara Saracens vs Clermont Auvergne at Dan Paltinisanu Stadium
Referee: Craig Evans (Wales)
Assistant referees: Mike English (Wales), Andrew Davies (Wales)

Benetton vs Harlequins at Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Referee: Dan Jones (Wales)
Assistant referees: Elgan Williams (Wales), Rhys Jones (Wales)
Television match official: Brian MacNeice (Ireland)
Assessor: Michael Carroll (Ireland)

Northampton Saints vs Dragons at Franklin's Gardens
Referee: Thomas Charabas (France)
Assistant referees: Tual Trainini (France), Arnaud Blondel (France)
Timekeeper: Paul Stanley (England)

Connacht vs Perpignan at The Sportsground
Referee: Karl Dickson (England)
Assistant referees: Christophe Ridley (England), Matthew O'Grady (England)

Ospreys vs Stade Français at Liberty Stadium
Referee: Tom Foley (England)
Assistant referees: Dean Richards (England), Roy Maybank (England)
Timekeeper: Huw Lewis (Wales)

Bristol Bears vs La Rochelle at Ashton Gate
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
Assistant referees: Gwyn Morris (Wales), Aled Evans (Wales)
Timekeeper: Mike Hamlin (England)

Bordeaux-Bègles vs Sale Sharks at Stade Chaban-Delmas
Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)
Assistant referees: Wayne Davies (Wales), Dewi Phillips (Wales)
Television match official: Sean Brickell (Wales)
Assessor: Tim O'Brien (Ireland)

Continental Shield

Fiamme Oro Roma vs Locomotive Tbilisi
Referee: Sara Cox (England)
Assistant referees: Tim Wigglesworth (England), Phillip Watters (England)




Jersey Reds vs Ealing Trailfinders
Referee: Michael Hudson
Assistant referees: Peter Brunt, Lionel Spooner
Assessor: Lloyd Jackson

Richmond vs London Scottish
Referee: Matt Turvey
Assistant referees: Gareth Holsgrove, Simon Park
Assessor: Sam Collins

Coventry vs Doncaster Knights
Referee: George Selwood
Assistant referees: Jamie Leahy, Nigel Carrick
Assessor: Peter Farrell

Bedford Blues vs Cornish Pirates
Referee: Alexander Thomas
Assistant referees: Shane Lewis, Nick Marshall
Assessor: David Morgan

Nottingham vs Yorkshire Carnegie
Referee: Neil Chivers
Assistant referees: William Burton, Simon Ada
Assessor: Stephen Leyshon

London Irish vs Hartpury College
Referee: Dean Richards
Assistant referees: Michael Patz, Ian Bibey
Assessor: Andrew Vertigan
assistant referees' coach: Peter Huckle

Women's Premiership

Harlequins Ladies vs Loughborough Lightning
Referee: Harry Walbaum
Assistant referees: Gareth Thomas, Stephen Light

Gloucester-Hartpury Women vs Bristol Bears Women
Referee: Max Weston
Assistant referees: Stephen Hambley, Fred Spong

Wasps Ladies vs Firwood Waterloo Ladies
Referee: Louis Biggs
Assistant referees: Tim Bailey, Andy Bickle

Saracens Women vs Darlington Mowden Park Sharks
Referee: Katherine Ritchie
Assistant referees: Andrew Jackson, Melanie Liley

Richmond vs Worcester Valkyries
Referee: Matthew Sharpe
Assistant referees: James Pidding, Niamh Hennessy

Varsity Match


Oxford vs Cambridge at Twickenham
Referee: Nigel Owens [Wales]
Assistant referees: Clare Daniels, Gregory Garner
Television match official: Keith Mark Lewis
Timekeeper: John Burtenshaw


Oxford vs Cambridge
Referee: Nikki O'Donnell
Assistant referees: Nia Parsonage, Niamh Hennessy
Television match official: Keith Mark Lewis
Timekeeper: John Burtenshaw


Champions Trophy Final

Wellington College vs Epsom College at Allianz Stadium
Referee: Tom Foley
assistant referees: Hamish Grant, PJ Russell


Pro D2

Provence vs Brive at Stade Maurice David
Referee: Frédéric Bouzac
Assistant referees: Régis Guatelli, Mourad Gharbi Tarchouna

Montauban vs Massy at Stade Sapiac
Referee: Jonathan Gasnier
Assistant referees: Thibault Santamaria, Baptiste Abel Coindoz

Nevers vs Angoulême at Stade du Pré Fleuri
Referee: Mathieu Delpy
Assistant referees: Mathieu Noirot, Francis Giacomini

Colomiers vs Bayonne at Stade Michel Bendichou
Referee: David Beun
Assistant referees: Hervé Lasausa Lespy Labaylette, Christian Coussan

Bourg-en-Bresse vs Mont-de-Marsan at Stade Marcel Verchère
Referee: Nicolas Datas
Assistant referees: Frédéric Masse, Didier Daste

Aurillac vs Vannes at Stade Jean-Alric
Referee: Cyrille Clave
Assistant referees: Benoît Rousselet, Francois Soucaret

Biarritz vs Béziers at Parc des Sports d'Aguilera
Referee: Laurent Millotte
Assistant referees: Pierre-Baptiste Nuchy, Jérôme Favre

Carcassonne vs Oyonnax at Albert-Domec
Referee: Vivien Praderie
Assistant referees: Thomas Chereque, Sylvain Jaymes

Hong Kong


Herbert Smith HKU Sandy Bay vs Natixis HKFC at ABDN
Referee:  Lawrence Wilkinson
Assistant referees: Patrick Kwok, James Byatt
Assessor: Peter White 

Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers vs Kerry Hotel Kowloon at KP-1
Referee: Rowan Turner
Assistant referees: Mark Jackson, Dewi Rowlands
Assessor: Hugh Watkins

Bloomberg HK Scottish vs Societe Generale Valley at SKM
Referee: Tim Baker
Assistant referees: Stephen Copeman, Edward Fitzgerald
Assessor: Hugh Watkins 


All Ireland League, Division 1

Cork Constitution vs Young Munster at Temple Hill
Referee: Joy Neville

Clontarf vs Dublin University at Castle Avenue
Referee: Stuart Gaffikin

University College Dublin vs Terenure at UCD Bowl
Referee: Eddie Hogan-O'Connell
Assessor: Ken Henley-Willis

Lansdowne vs University College Cork at Lansdowne Road
Referee: Leo Colgan

St Mary's vs Banbridge at Templeville Road
Referee: James Quinn (Australia)

Old Belvedere vs Buccaneers at Anglesea Rd
Referee: Mark Patton

Malone vs Old Wesley at Gibson Park
Referee: Paul Haycock

Armagh vs Naas at Palace Grounds
Referee: Richard Horgan
Assessor: Marshall Kilgore


Coppa Italia, Round 3

San Donà vs Mogliano
Referee: Clara Munarini

Verona vs Padova
Referee: Gianluca Gnecchi

Lazio vs Viadana
Referee: Riccardo Angelucci

Toscana Aeroporti I Medicei vs Emilia
Referee: Manuel Bottino   


Divisão Honra

AEIS Agronomia vs Direito at Monsanto
Referee: Guilherme Temudo

AA Coimbra vs Cascais at Em Taveiro
Referee: Miguel Sousa

AEIS Técnico vs CDUP at Olaias
Referee: João Costa

CDUL vs Belenenses at EUL Honra
Referee: Pedro Mendes Silva 



Ayr vs Heriot's
Referee: Keith Allen
Assistant referees: tba, Colin George
Assessor: Fergus Neil

Currie Chieftains vs Stirling County
Referee: Mike Adamson
Assistant referees: Michael Todd, David Changleng

Edinburgh Academical vs Melrose
Referee: Sam Grove-White
Assistant referees: Graeme Ormiston, David Jack

Glasgow Hawks vs Hawick at Kelvinside Academy
Referee: Ben Blain
Assistant referees: Craig Clark, Digby Thomas

Watsonians vs Boroughmuir
Referee: David Sutherland
Assistant referees: Ross Mabon, Bob Nevins
Assessor: Ken Harrower


División De Honor, Round 11

Gernika vs Alcobendas
Referee: David Castro (Asturias)
Assistant referees: Belarmino Álvarez, Adrián Rodriguez Noriega

UE Santboiana vs Indepen Santander
Referee: Eki Fanlo (Guipúzcoa)
Assistant referees: Andoni Susperregi, Iñaki Muñoz

VRAC Valladolid vs Ordizia
Referee: Alfonso Mirat (Madrid)
Assistant referees: Miguel Ferdinández Rodriguez, Roberto Cutillas López

Hernani vs Salvador
Referee: Iñaki Muñoz (Madrid)
Assistant referees: Pedro Perez Gómez, José Maria Ferdinández Soria

La Vila vs FC Barcelona
Referee: Arnaltz Bilbao (Guipúzcoa)
Assistant referees: Ruben Pardo, tba

Cisneros vs Aparejadores Burgos
Referee: Marc Riera (Barca)
Assistant referees: Malcolm Van Steeden, José Carlos Cuenca

División De Honor B, Round 11

Zarautz vs Santander
Referee: Pedro Pérez Gómez (Toledo)

Durango vs Crat A Coruña at Campo Arripausueta
Referee: Jokin Osete (Navarra)

VRAC Valladolid B vs Eibar
Referee: Miguel Ferdinández Rodriguez (Madrid)

Bera Bera vs El Salvador B
Referee: Belarmino Álvarez (Asturias)

Campus Ourense vs Uribealdea
Referee: Luis Santos (León)

Vigo vs Getxo
Referee: Fernando Raposo (Valladolid)

Valencia vs BUC
Referee: Ignacio Chaves (Madrid)

UE Santboiana B vs Tatami
Referee: Andoni Susperregi (Guipúzcoa)

UER Montcada vs Ant Cugat
Referee: Luis Garcia-Mon (Madrid)

L’Hospitalet vs Fenix
Referee: Iñaki Martínez (Castellón)

CAU Valencia vs Barbarians Calviá
Referee: Joshua Bellido (Barcelona)

Poble Nou vs Les Abelles at Campo Mar Bella
Referee: Rafael Alcalde (Murcia)

CAR Cáceres vs Alcobendas B
Referee: Cintia Loyola (Málaga)

AD Ing Industriales vs Ciencias
Referee: Mario González Ribes (Valencia)

Jaen vs Pozuelo
Referee: Christian Merino (Madrid)

Olímpico Pozuelo vs UR Almeria
Referee: Alberto Ruíz García (Vizcaya)

Marbella vs Liceo Francés
Referee: Roger Parera (Barca)

Cisneros B vs Arquitectura
Referee: Gonzalo Pardo (Madrid)



Neath vs Llanelli
Referee: Gareth John
Assistant referees: Elfyn Morris-Roberts, Steve Harwood 

Bridgend vs Aberavon
Referee: Nigel Owens
Assistant referees: Aaron Parry, Ryan Lewis

Merthyr vs Carmarthen
Referee: Simon Rees
Assistant referees: Richard Deacy , Steve Nash

Pontypridd vs Bargoed
Referee: Jason Morris
Assistant referees: John Darcy, Anthony Price

Swansea vs Bedwas
Referee: Stephen Allsop
Assistant referees: Simon Mills, Keith Thomas

Ebbw Vale vs Cardiff
Referee: Aled Liddington
Assistant referees: Tom Spurrier, Tony Davies

Llandovery vs Newport
Referee: Jason Bessant
Assistant referees: Chris Oliver, Richard Hughes

RGC vs Cross Keys
Referee: Gareth Newman
Assistant referees: Elliot Mayer, Simon Dignam
Television match official: Stuart Kibble advert