Focus on foul play as World Rugby reveals crackdown

World Rugby issued a crackdown on foul play that could endanger player safety during the World Cup this year with a directive to ensure the laws of the game are enforced more stringently by officials.

World Rugby’s laws representation group concluded recently that no new laws were required ahead of the tournament in England in September and October. But it identified three areas – foul play, the scrum and the maul – that required a stricter interpretation by referees, assistant referees and television match officials. That included the law governing high tackles, challenging for high balls, obstruction and grappling players’ necks at mauls, and crooked feeds at scrums.

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Pacific Nations Cup – Dudley Phillips

Dudley Phillips has been selected as one of the AR’s going to the Pacific Nations Cup in Canada in July. Dudley will be involved in the following fixtures:

Wed 29 July Pacific Nations Cup
Fiji v Japan
BMO Stadium, Toronto, Canada
Pascal Gauzere (FFR) Angus Gardner (ARU) Dudley Phillips (IRFU)

Wed 29 July Pacific Nations Cup
Canada v Samoa
BMO Stadium, Toronto, Canada Angus Gardner (ARU) Luke Pearce (RFU) Dudley Phillips (IRFU)

Mon 3 Aug Pacific Nations Cup
Fifth place play-off
Swangard Stadium, Vancouver, Canada
Alexandre Ruiz (FFR) Dudley Phillips (IRFU) Rugby Canada / USA Rugby appt USA Rugby appt

Mon 3 Aug Pacific Nations Cup
Third place play-off
Swangard Stadium, Vancouver, Canada
Angus Gardner (ARU) Dudley Phillips (IRFU) Rugby Canada / USA Rugby appt

We’ve all been here, right?

Poor Ben Whitehouse.

The young Welsh official was refereeing a World Rugby U20 Championship semi-final, when the French decided to take out their frustrations (accidentally, mind) on him.
With the eyes of the world upon him (or two countries, at least), it started with a blow to the ankle.

View the events at the Irish Examiner website

Golf Outing Winners

Pat Carolan was the Brindley cup winner with 37 points
Brian McNeice was active referee winner
Paul Delaney was visitor winner
David Petherbridge longest drive
20150529_173959 20150529_183451 photo 2Kevin Beggs won the Mugs cup 

2nd place Frank O’Dwyer
3rd place Bryan O’Neill
Front 9 Brendan Glennon
Back 9 Tommy Glennon

IRFU Panel Changes

Congratulations to Tim Townend who was promoted to the IRFU National Referees panel and Helen O’Reilly who was promoted to the ‘A’ Panel in the recent panel appointments.

Congratulations also to Joy Neville who was promoted to the panel from Munster.