English referee Chris White will take charge of the inaugural Magners League Grand Final between Leinster and Ospreys on May 29.
This will be his eighth Magners League game, with his previous Celtic record including the 2003 final at Millennium Stadium when Munster beat Neath.
White will lead an international team of officials appointed to the game – Scotsmen Andy Macpherson and David Changleng will be his assistant referees, whilst to ensure impartiality, two Munster Branch IRFU appointees, Leo Colgan and Dermot Moloney, will act as fourth and fifth officials respectively. Scotland’s Jim Yuille, completes the group as television match official (TMO).
The Guinness Premiership’s most experienced referee, White has clocked up 179 games in charge since making his debut in England’s top flight in October 1994. He will be familiar with the concept of a Grand Final having taken charge of two Premiership finals, in 2004 and 2005.
He has more than 50 Heineken Cup matches to his name, including three finals – the all French affairs of 2003 and 2005, and Munster’s victory over Biarritz Olympique at the Millennium Stadium in 2006 – as well as officiating the Rugby World Cup semi-final between Australia and New Zealand in 2003.
White will be backed up by an experienced team; Macpherson and Changleng have refereed more than 50 Magners League games between them and are both named on the IRB assistant referee panel, whilst Yuille is an IRB TMO panel member.
Match officials appointments
Leinster v Ospreys – at RDS Dublin, Saturday, May 29, kick off 6.30pm. Live on Setanta Sports and S4C
Referee: Chris White (England – 8th Magners League game)
Assistant referees: Andy Macpherson (Scotland) David Changleng (Scotland)
Fourth official: Leo Colgan (Munster), 5th Official Dermot Moloney (Munster)
TMO: Jim Yuille (Scotland)