Rolland gets Heineken role
May 10, 2004

Alain Rolland will referee the Heineken Cup final between Toulouse and France later this month.

The 38-year-old former Irish international scrum half, who is a fluent French speaker, has played in the Heineken Cup, making five appearances for Leinster in the 1996/97 season.
It will only be the 12th game that Rolland has controlled in the Heineken Cup - but he is vastly experienced having controlled his eleventh test when France completed their Six Nations Championship success against England in March.

Rolland first took charge of a Heineken Cup match when he controlled Saracens' 32-22 victory in Toulouse in 2000 but this will be his first knock-out stage match.

Welshman Nigel Whitehouse, who has refereed seven major internationals, including Italy's 20-14 victory over Scotland in Rome in March, will be in charge of the Parker Pen Challenge Cup final when Montferrand clash with Harlequins at the Madejski Stadium the previous day.

Dave Pearson (England) has been appointed to referee the Parker Pen Shield final between Montpellier and Viadana at Stadio Lanfranchi, Parma, on Friday, 21 May.

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