Elsom added to Toulon’s Heineken roster

Munster, Ulster and Leinster increase squads by three players while Stringer and Noone also make the grade for English clubs

 Ulster’s Stuart Olding playing for the IrelandU-20 tea. James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster’s Stuart Olding playing for the IrelandU-20 tea. James Crombie/Inpho

Fri, Mar 22, 2013, 14:36

Two Heineken Cup winners and a World Cup winner have been included in the list of additional players nominated by their clubs for the forthcoming knockout stages of the Heineken Cup and the Amlin Challenge Cup.

Former Australia captain and Heineken Cup winner with Leinster (2009) Rocky Elsom has been included in the Toulon squad as the French club continues its build-up to the hugely anticipated quarter-final clash with Leicester Tigers at Stade Félix Mayol on Sunday, April 7th, as has another new Toulon signing, Danie Rossouw, who played a key role in South Africa's 2007 World Cup success.

Meanwhile, veteran scrumhalf and former Irish international Peter Stringer will bring his Heineken Cup-winning experience with Munster to bear on Bath' push for European silverware when the English club takes on Stade Francais Paris in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final at the Recreation Ground on Saturday, April 6th.

Under ERC tournament rules, clubs which have qualified for the knockout stages of the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup can nominate up to three players for registration to supplement their initial 38-player European squads.

The registrations of players who have been nominated by Thursday, 21 March 2013 are subject to confirmation by the relevant Unions and by ERC.

Munster coach Rob Penney has added prop James Cronin, centre Ivan Dinneen and scrumhalf Cathal Sheridan to his playing roster for the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Harlequins. Ulster coach Mark Anscombe has nominated Niall Annett (hooker), Andrew Warwick (prop) and Stuart Olding (outhalf/centre). In the Amlin Challenge Cup Leinster coach Joe Schmidt has augmented his playing resources with Domonic Ryan (flanker), Brendan Macken (centre) and Jack O'Connell (prop)

Former CBC Monkstown and Seapoint player Michael Noone has been added to the Leicester Tigers roster alongside former Ireland underage international Kieran Brookes who subsequently switched allegiance to England, the country of his birth.

ERC can confirm that the following have been nominated by their clubs as registered players for the knockout stage of the 2012/13 Heineken Cup tournament.

HARLEQUINS

Jack CLIFFORD

DOB: 12/02/1993

Position: Back row

HT: 1.91m/6' 3"

WT: 109kg/17st 2lbs

Henry TAYLOR

DOB: 11/04/1994

Position: Outside half / Scrum half

HT: 1.8m/5' 11"

WT: 88kg/13st 12lbs

Nicholas MAYHEW

DOB: 28/11/1988

Position: Prop

HT: 1.79m/5' 10"

WT: 114kg/17st 13lbs

LEICESTER TIGERS

Kieran BROOKES

DOB: 29/08/1990

Position: Prop

HT: 1.86m/6' 1"

WT: 122kg/19st 2lbs

Michael NOONE

DOB: 16/10/1989

Position: Back row

HT: 1.90m/6' 3"

WT: 108kg/17st 0lbs

Scott STEELE

DOB: 24/07/1993

Position: Scrum half

HT: 1.75m/5' 9"

WT: 85kg/13st 5lbs

MONTPELLIER

Hamish GARD

DOB: 21/06/1985

Position: Centre

HT: 1.85m/6' 1"

WT: 94kg/14st 11lbs

Charles GELI

DOB: 26/03/1987

Position: Hooker

HT: 1.83m/6' 0"

WT: 100kg/15st 10lbs

Nahuel LOBO

DOB: 27/08/1991

Position: Prop

HT: 1.80m/5' 11"

WT: 115kg/18st 3lbs

International Record: Argentina

MUNSTER

James CRONIN

DOB: 23/11/1990

Position: Prop

HT: 1.82m/6' 0"

WT: 118kg/18st 8lbs

Ivan DINEEN

DOB: 05/07/1987

Position: Centre

HT: 1.87m/6' 2"

WT: 96kg/15st 1lb

Cathal SHERIDAN

DOB: 14/11/1988

Position: Scrum half

HT: 1.74m/5' 9"

WT: 83kg/13st 1lb

SARACENS

Nicholas AUTERAC

DOB: 12/11/1992

Position: Prop

HT: 1.82m/6' 0"

WT: 116kg/18st 3lbs

Jacques BURGER

DOB: 29/07/1983

Position: Back row

HT: 1.89m/6' 2"

WT: 105kg/16st 7lbs

International Record: Namibia

Ben RANSOM

DOB: 16/02/1992

Position: Full back

HT: 1.81m/5' 11"

WT: 88kg/13st 12lbs

TOULON

Rocky ELSOM

DOB: 14/02/1983

Position: Back row

HT: 1.97m/6' 6"

WT: 112kg/17st 8lbs

International Record: Australia

Danie ROSSOUW

DOB: 06/05/1978

Position: Back row

HT: 1.98m/6' 6"

WT: 126kg/19st 11lbs

International Record: South Africa

ULSTER

Niall ANNETT

DOB: 07/05/1991

Position: Hooker

HT: 1.85m/6' 1"

WT: 105kg/16st 7lbs

Stuart OLDING

DOB: 11/03/1993

Position: Wing

HT: 1.86m/6' 1"

WT: 88kg/13st 12lbs

Andrew WARWICK

DOB: 12/03/1991

Position: Prop

HT: 1.77m/5' 10"

WT: 107kg/16st 11lbs

BATH RUGBY

Ben SKIRVING

DOB: 09/10/1983

Position: No. 8

HT: 1.93m/6' 4"

WT: 107kg/16st 11lbs

International Record: England

Peter STRINGER

DOB: 13/12/1977

Position: Scrum half

HT: 1.71m/5' 7"

WT: 72kg/11st 4lbs

International Record: Ireland

Rob WEBBER

DOB: 01/08/1986

Position: Hooker

HT: 1.83m/6' 0"

WT: 107kg/16st 11lbs

BIARRITZ OLYMPIQUE PAYS BASQUE

Mathias MARIE

DOB: 09/01/1991

Position: Lock

HT: 1.96m/6' 5"

WT: 115kg/18st 1lbs

Alban PLACINES

DOB: 23/04/1993

Position: Flanker

HT: 1.89m/6' 2"

WT: 90kg/14st 2lbs

Romain RUFFENACH

DOB: 04/09/1994

Position: Hooker

HT: 1.86m/6' 1"

WT: 103kg/16st 3lbs

GLOUCESTER RUGBY

Billy BURNS

DOB: 13/06/1994

Position: Utility back

HT: 1.8m/5' 11"

WT: 80kg/12st 8lbs

Thomas HEARD

DOB: 24/08/1993

Position: Prop

HT: 1.8m/5' 11"

WT: 114kg/17st 13lbs

Tukulua LOKOTUI

DOB: 31/12/1979

Position: Lock

HT: 1.95m/6' 5"

WT: 115kg/18st 1lb

International Record: Tonga

TOULOUSE

Cyril BAILLE

DOB: 15/09/1993

Position: Front row

HT: 1.82m/6' 0"

WT: 113kg/17st 11lbs

Jaba BREGVADZE

DOB: 23/04/1987

Position: Prop / Hooker

HT: 1.8m/5' 11"

WT: 90kg/14st 2lbs

International Record: Georgia

Karl CHATEAU

DOB: 15/06/1992

Position: Flanker

HT: 1.89m/6' 2"

WT: 100kg/15st 10lbs

STADE FRANCAIS PARIS

Aled DE MALMANCHE

DOB: 11/09/1984

Position: Hooker

HT: 1.85m/6' 1"

WT: 112kg/17st 8lbs

International Record: New Zealand

Gerhard MOSTERT

DOB: 04/10/1984

Position: Lock

HT: 1.99m/6' 6"

WT: 120kg/18st 12lbs

International Record: South Africa

Paul WILLIAMS

DOB: 22/04/1983

Position: Full back

HT: 1.88m/6' 2

WT: 103kg/16st 3lbs

International Record: Samoa

PERPIGNAN

Sofiane GUITOUNE

DOB: 27/03/1989

Position: Utility player

HT: 1.84m/6' 0"

WT: 92kg/14st 6lbs

Jean-Pierre PEREZ

DOB: 03/04/1984

Position: Back row

HT: 1.85m/6' 1"

WT: 92kg/14st 6 lbs

LONDON WASPS

Charlie HAYTER

DOB: 10/12/1988

Position: Centre

HT: 1.86m/6' 1"

WT: 96g/15st 1lb

Alex RAE

DOB: 02/02/1986

Position: Lock

HT: 1.96m/6' 5"

WT: 99kg/15st 8lbs

Lorenzo ROMANO

DOB: 31/03/1989

Position: Prop

HT: 1.9m/6' 3"

WT: 114kg/17st 13lbs

LEINSTER

Brendan MACKEN

DOB: 19/05/1991

Position: Centre

HT: 1.87m/6' 2"

WT: 92kg/14st 6lbs

Jack O'CONNELL

DOB: 21/04/1990

Position: Prop

HT: 1.88m/6' 2"

WT: 115kg/18st 1lb

Dominic RYAN

DOB: 28/03/1990

Position: Flanker

HT: 1.92m/6' 4"

WT: 98kg/15st 6lbs

Notes

o Each club involved in the knockout stages may nominate up to three players to supplement their initial 38-player European squads.

o Where clubs choose to nominate the maximum of three players, at least one of the players must be qualified to play in a front row position.

o The players must be fully and properly registered by Thursday, 21 March, 2013 with nominations subject to confirmation by the relevant Union and ERC.

o Clubs must ensure that these players have not been selected in a match squad from the same tournament by another club during the current season.