There will be a familiar face in the middle of Cardiff Blues’ clash with Leicester Tigers on Sunday with George Clancy appointed to referee the game.
The Irishman is a vastly experienced official, with 122 Guinness Pro14 and 85 European games to his name, although this will only be his 14th game in the Challenge Cup with most of his appointments coming in the Heineken Cup so far.
Clancy, 42, has taken charge of many Cardiff Blues games down the years, although this will be the first time we have seen him this season. His most recent match as our referee was the 34-38 home defeat against Glasgow in February last year.
He is also a fairly regular visitor to Welford Road, heading to the east midlands in each of the last two seasons with Leicester losing to Racing 92 and beating Castres in those games.
So far this campaign Clancy has taken charge of eight games in all competitions, resulting six home wins, while he has handed out six yellow cards and a single red card.
He will be assisted by fellow Irishmen Chris Busby and Mark Patton. With the game untelevised there will be no TMO.