Tuesday 20 March 2018

White confirmed as man in the middle for Leinster's final clash

Hugh Farrelly

ENGLAND'S Chris White has been confirmed as the referee in charge of Leinster's Magners League final against the Ospreys at the RDS next Saturday.

It will only be White's eighth Magners League game, but he has overseen 179 matches in the English Premiership and more than 50 Heineken Cup games, including three finals. Scotsmen Andy Macpherson and David Changeling have been appointed as assistant referees.

Meanwhile, No 8 Jamie Heaslip was last night honoured with Leinster's player of the year award at a ball in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin. The Lions and Ireland star played 18 times for the province this season and was their stand-out performer in the Magners League and Heineken Cup.

"It is a huge honour to receive this award; I don't think I've ever received an award of this stature before on an individual basis and I wouldn't like to take too much credit because I couldn't have achieved this without my team-mates and coaches," said Heaslip.

"The way the Leinster squad has been managed this year has kept guys fresh for every game and that has affected me positively, touch wood.

"It's also down to Cheiks' (Michael Cheika) ability to rotate the squad, the fitness coaches for keeping us fit and healthy, and everyone on the squad pushing each other because of the competition that's there."

Ireland U-20 captain Rhys Ruddock won young player of the year, with Paddy Madigan being inducted in to the Leinster hall of fame.


Irish Independent

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