The referees for the next two rounds of the Heineken Cup have today been released.
First up to ref Tigers at home to Treviso on Sunday the 9th of December is Pascal Gauzere. He refereed this match up in January 2009; awarding Tigers a penalty try as they romped home to a 52-0 win. With 12 yellow cards in 11 Heineken Cup matches Tigers must be on their best behaviour.
Refereeing the re-match in Italy is 2007 World Cup Final referee Alain Rolland. The former Moseley half back is no stranger to Treviso as it is where he earned his third and final Ireland cap in 1995. He's no stranger to Tigers either have refereed us an astonishing 16 times. Rather surprisingly he is more likely to give 2 yellow cards rather than one. He has binned two Leicester players in FOUR different games; only once has he limited himself to a single yellow, binning Thomas Waldrom in the 78th minute when we won away to Llanelli two seasons ago.
In non-domestic action he has only refereed England more and has sin binned more Leicester players than from any other side, be they international or club. On the plus side my stats show that we are the only side he has ever awarded a penalty try, so there is something positive to say!