European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) have announced the officials who will take charge of rounds five and six of this season’s Heineken Champions Cup pool stage games.
Cardiff Blues, who saw any chances of qualifying for the knockout rounds evaporate with back-to-back losses against Saracens earlier this month, travel to Glasgow Warriors on Sunday 13th January before welcoming Lyon to the Arms Park on Saturday 19th January.
Taking charge of the game up in Scotstoun will be JP Doyle, who has already officiated one of our games this season having been in the middle for the trip to Lyon.
Despite winning the game 21-30, Cardiff Blues found ourselves on the wrong side of the penalty counted, being pinned nine times to Lyon’s six, and feeling aggrieved after Louann Goujon appeared to have knocked on before scoring the game’s opening try.
However, Doyle was in the middle for THAT game against Toulon at the Arms Park, so will always be a favourite in the eyes of many in South Wales.
The following week’s home game against Lyon sees a first as Karl Dickson returns to CAP for a second time, but for the first time as a referee.
In November 2015 Dickson started for Harlequins at scrum-half against Cardiff Blues as the English side secured a 20-32 win in the Challenge Cup pool stages. He was a replacement two months later as Quins won the return game 34-26 at The Stoop.
Having started his refereeing qualifications in 2014 while still playing, he became a match official full-time upon retiring in 2017 and took charge of his first Gallagher Premiership game that same year.
This season has seen him referee his first European encounters, officiating Connacht v Perpignan and Agen v Benetton in the Challenge Cup, however Cardiff Blues v Lyon will be his first foray into the Heineken Cup.