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Irish officials appointed for Challenge Cup

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Irish official Andrew Brace will take charge of his second successive European Challenge Cup Final when Leicester Tigers face Montpellier at Twickenham on Friday.

Brace, who will be assisted by Frank Murphy and Chris Busby, also of Ireland, also took charge of the 2020 Final when Bristol Bears beat RC Toulon at the Stace Maurice-David in Aix-en-Provence.

Brian McNeice is the Television Match Official for the game.

Luke Pearce of England has been appointed to referee the Heineken Champions Cup Final between La Rochelle and Toulouse next Saturday. At 33, he will become the youngest referee to officiate at the showpiece match in the 26-year history of the tournament.

Pearce has refereed 30 times in the Heineken Champions Cup matches, and will have Wayne Barnes and Matthew Carley as his assistants. Tom Foley’s appointment as TMO completes an all-English team of officials.