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WHITE TO REFEREE HC FINAL



Chris White will referee the Heineken Cup final between Stade Fran├žais Paris and Toulouse at Murrayfield, Edinburgh, on Sunday, 22 May (15.00).

The 41-year-old former junior school teacher from Cheltenham joins Irishman Dave McHugh in being appointed for a second European club rugby showpiece match.

White was the first English referee to take charge of a Heineken Cup final when he controlled the all-French affair between Toulouse and Perpignan in Dublin in 2003. White had to be replaced in the 16th minute by Tony Spreadbury at Lansdowne Road after suffering a leg injury and said: "It is a huge honour and I will try and finish this one." The 10th anniversary final of European club rugby's premier tournament will be White's 30th Heineken Cup match - and he has also been in charge of 30 full internationals, his most recent Wales' Grand Slam clincher over Ireland at the Millennium Stadium. His first major appointment was seven years ago, the 1999 RWC qualifier between Georgia and Russia, and his next will be the final 2005 Tri Nations match between New Zealand and Australia in Auckland on 3 September.