Leinster Match Program – Article 7

Leinster Rugby Referees – Best Year of Recruitment Ever

 (This article appeared in the Harlequins Champions Cup Program)

The Leinster Rugby Referees have undertaken their most successful recruitment drive to date.

This season 60 new recruits from across the province have entered the Leinster Rugby Referees trial process.  As usual the biggest intake was in the Metro area.  So this year in an attempt to encourage more participation in refereeing outside of Dublin, the Leinster Rugby Referees, in conjunction with the IRFU and Leinster Rugby, have implemented a Community Referee grade within the ranks of the Leinster Rugby Referees.  Unlike regular recruits, who referee matches at all levels across the province, community referees will primarily service youths rugby in their locality.

The Community Referee Scheme has gotten off to a fantastic start with 18 community recruits attending the new referees workshop in September.   The North Midlands and Midlands saw the highest take up and these areas are now seeing most youth matches having Leinster Rugby Referees referees appointed.

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Referee Honoured in Terenure

Referee Pat Dempsey was honoured by both sides as he took charge of his last game in Terenure College RFC yesterday. Retiring on the eve of his 60th birthday, Pat held the whistle for the Metro Division 8 match between Terenure and Seapoint. Pat had to draw on all his experience for a close, hard fought match that finished 16-12 to Terenure College as they kept pace with NUIM Barnhall at the top of the table.

After the match, both sides honoured Pat, with Terenure captain Fionnbhar Maguire presenting him with a Terenure scarf in honour of his decades of service to the game. In the grand traditions of the ARLB, Pat has refereed up and down the leagues over the years, dedicating a huge amount of time to ensure that games not only went ahead, but that they were fair and enjoyable for all involved.


We wish Pat all the best in his retirement, and hope that he gets as much enjoyment from watching the game as he did from being the man in the middle!



Helen O’Reilly appointed to National Referees Panel.

We are pleased to advise that , based on her performances in WRWC and in recent IPAS matches, Helen O’Reilly is appointed to the Referee National Panels, Level B effective immediately.


While this is based solely on merit Helen is also heartily congratulated on becoming the first female referee to achieve this status.

The President of the Leinster Rugby Referees, Pat Carolan, wishes to extend his heartiest congratulations to Helen on her well deserved and hard earned promotion to the National Panel.

Did you know?

Did you know?

Dudley Phillips will referee his 25th European game this weekend. His first game was Rugby Parma v Bourgoin on December 12th 2009. He has refereed 18 Challenge Cup games and 6 Heineken Cup games.


Competition Referee
2009-2010 – Amlin Challenge Cup 2
2010-2011 – Amlin Challenge Cup 5
2011-2012 – Amlin Challenge Cup 4
2011-2012 – Heineken Cup 1
2012-2013 – Amlin Challenge Cup 4
2012-2013 – Heineken Cup 2
2013-2014 – Amlin Challenge Cup 3
2013-2014 – Heineken Cup 3
Total: Amlin Challenge Cup 18
Total: Heineken Cup 6

Leinster Match Program – Article 6

This article appeared in the Ospreys match program

We were delighted to welcome Glen Jackson and Mike Frazer to speak to the Leinster Referees whilst they were in Dublin to officiate at the Ireland versus Australia game. Glen took a similar route to refereeing to John Lacey of Munster. He is a professional full-time referee for New Zealand Rugby Union and also a former New Zealand rugby union player. Domestically, he represented Bay of Plenty and Waikato in the NPC and the Saracens in the UK’s Guinness Premiership whom he joined in 2004. He represented the Chiefs for the 1999 Super Rugby season and had international experience as well with the Māori All Blacks and the Barbarians. In 2007 he was voted The Professional Rugby Players’ Association player of the. Quite a decent rugby career.


In2010 he retired to become a professional referee in New Zealand and was fast-tracked into the professional rugby ranks by Lyndon Bray, then the head of referees for the New Zealand Rugby Union. Within a year of his return to New Zealand, he went from refereeing provincial rugby games in the Heartland Championship to officiating in the ITM Cup at the top provincial level to being an assistant referee in Super Rugby competition. By the end of the 2011 Super Rugby season, he had worked his first match as referee in that competition, having presided over the Hurricanes−Western Force. Shortly after the end of that season, he made his international officiating debut as television match official for the Bledisloe Cup Test.

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ERC Round 3 and 4 Appointments

Congratulations to Gary Conway who has been appointed to his first ERC Challenge Cup game. Great also to see Dudley Phillips back from injury.

Round 3 – Challenge Cup

P5           Brive        v           Oyonnax              Dudley Phillips (Ire)      

Leinster Rugby Referees Photo Shoot / Subaru Sponsorship

Round 4 – Challenge Cup

P3           Stade Francais Paris           v           Newcastle Falcons           Dudley Phillips (Ire)

P5           Oyonnax                v           Brive      Gary Conway (Ire)

Blackrock College v Clongowes Wood College - Beauchamps Leinster Schools Senior Cup Final

In action this weekend

Guinness Pro 12

Munster vs Ulster at Thomond Park
Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)
Assistant referees: Gary Conway (Ireland), Paul Haycock (Ireland)
Television match official: Kevin Beggs (Ireland)
Timekeeper: Dermot Moloney (Ireland)
Assessor: John Sheehan (Ireland)

Leinster vs Ospreys at RDS Arena
Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Assistant referees: Mark Patton (Ireland), Stuart Gaffikin (Ireland)
Television match official: Alan Rogan (Ireland)
Assessor: Michael Carroll (Ireland)

Glasgow Warriors vs Dragons at Scotstoun Stadium
Referee: Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Lloyd Linton (Scotland), Andrew McMenemy (Scotland)
Television match official: Jim Yuille (Scotland)
Assessor: Jim Fleming (Scotland)

Connacht vs Scarlets at Sportsground
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)
Assistant referees: Nigel Correll (Ireland), Brian MacNeice (Ireland)
Television match official: Seamus Flannery (Ireland)
Assessor: Bertie Smith (Ireland)

British and Irish Cup

British & Irish Cup

Cross Keys vs Cornish Pirates
RefereeSean Gallagher (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Simon Rees (Wales), Kelvin Shorte (Wales)

Leinster A vs Carmarthen Quins
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (England)
Assistant referees: John Carvill (Ireland), Gary Glennon (Ireland)
Assessor: Tony Duncan (Ireland)

Leinster Match Program Article 5

This article appeared in the Edinburgh Match Day Program

Given that referees in all sports are verbally and physically abused, why would you take up refereeing? The truth is abuse in rugby is extremely rare and our referees are still held in the highest regard by players and supporters of the game. Obviously it is easy to have a pop at a referee rather than a player. Sure we make mistakes, but doesn’t everyone on the field?

Rugby referees are the envy of many sports. We have had referees from different codes at our meetings over the years and they have reaffirmed this to us. We do not take this respect lightly. In fact we work hard to ensure we stay on top of our game. We are there to facilitate the game and in our view we are the 31st person on the field.

Having recently watched the Setanta Sport series ‘Men in Black’ it is clear how different refereeing different code is. There are vast differences between Gaelic Football, Hurling, Soccer and Rugby. The preparation of all four referees in the series is the same but the minute they step on the pitch it is a different story. Whilst all referees command some respect from players on the pitch there seems to be a lot more formality between the communication of rugby referee and the players. Does this lead to a better game? Does it lead to greater compliance from players?

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