Leinster Match Program Article 11

Recruits Day


We’ve had a busy start to the year in Leinster Rugby Referees HQ. On January 21st we ran our first recruitment course of 2017, in Terenure College. We had 24 eager new recruits attend the day long session.  David O’Brien, the IRFU referee officer for Leinster was the main presenter on the day with our Vice President Conor Byrne welcoming the group in the morning.  The main topics that David covered were broken into two components.  The morning session saw us cover Game Management. This included: player safety / welfare, control, communication, materiality and advantage.  The afternoon session saw us cover the technical modules such as scrum, lineout, the breakdown and offside.

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This weekends match officials

Six Nations

Italy vs Ireland
@ Stadio Olimpico
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)




Glasgow vs Scarlets
@ Scotstoun
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Gary Conway (Ireland), Kevin White (Scotland)
TMO: Brian MacNeice (Ireland)


Arthur Tanner RIP

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Leinster Rugby stalwart Prof. Arthur Tanner, so long an integral part of Leinster Rugby. A true gentleman of the sport and medical profession. Our deepest sympathy to his family and his wider Leinster Rugby family. RIP.

Leinster Match Program – Article 10

An extremely warm welcome to today’s match official JP Doyle.  It is widely known that JP is a Dubliner and a referee who has consistently improved and moved up the referee ladder since his move to the RFU many many years ago. It is great to see him in the RDS today. I remember him refereeing on the hallowed surface of Terenure College many years ago as I plied my trade on the adjoining pitch. Obviously JP ended up being the better referee, but then again he doesn’t write great article. A warm welcome to his assistants also, Wayne Barnes, Simon McConnell  and Stuart Terheege. Have a great game gentlemen.

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Leinster Match Program – Article 9

This article appeared in the Zebra Match Program

What another great year for Leinster Rugby Referees. It is great to get the Christmas and New Year celebrations over and done with for another year and get back into some refereeing, although some of our referees have been in action over the festive period. We’re half way through our 2016/17 season and already a number of new referees have passed their trials and embarked on a new refereeing career. Our organization is continually growing learning and improving and we look forward to 2017, and delivering more top quality referees and assessors to Leinster and the world.

None of this would be possible without the hard work and leadership of our executive committee, the management and sub-committees especially President David MacDonald, Mark Power, Simon Owens, Denis Collins and of course the area representatives – Graeme Douglas, Brendan Conroy, John Dunne, Simon Porter and Thomas Keating among others.

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European Match Officials Weekend 22nd January

Champions Cup

Zebre vs Wasps
@ Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Referee: David Wilkinson (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Frank Murphy (Ireland), Jonny Erskine (Ireland)
TMO: Kevin Beggs (Ireland)

Clermont vs Exeter
@ Stade Marcel Michelin
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Dudley Phillips (Ireland), Kieran Barry (Ireland)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)

Castres vs Leinster
@ Stade Pierre-Antoine
Referee: Greg Garner (England)
Assistant Referees: Tom Foley (England), Paul Dix (England)
TMO: David Rose (England)

Montpellier vs Northampton
@ Altrad Stadium
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Gary Conway (Ireland), Dermot Blake (Ireland)
TMO: Olly Hodges (Ireland)


Challenge Cup

Stade Français vs Harlequins
@ Stade Jean Bouin
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Leo Colgan (Ireland), Mark Patton (Ireland)
TMO: Brian MacNeice (Ireland)

Lyon vs Grenoble
@ Matmut Stadium
Referee: Sean Gallagher (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Nigel Correll (Ireland), John Carvill (Ireland)


Reminder: Mid Season Get Together

Looking for something in the New Year to shake off the post-Christmas blues????

We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a Mid-Season get together in Seapoint RC on Thursday 12th January 2017 at 7:30pm.

There will be the usual fun & games with a bit of Law, a few War Stories, some housekeeping matters.

Food and refreshments will be provided and for those precious few not going dry for January, Seapoint will have the bar open.

Leinster Match Program – Article 8

This article appeared in the Ulster Match Day Program

So what is it like starting out as a referee? Learning to referee rugby games is largely a trial by fire process. On the field there is only one referee (although there may be a few on the sidelines), that referee cannot change a decision once made, and no-one else can help you (although they can complain.)

To start, you need a whistle obviously, a watch, a law book, a few cards red and yellow in colour, a thick skin, and a love for the game of rugby. You’d be surprised how often referees forget things like whistles and cards running on to the pitch. You get caught up trying to get everything else right and forget the minor, import details. The law book should be read and then enforced more than the traffic laws in Dublin, but less than the traffic laws in Germany. A love for the game of rugby gets one through times that one’s skin is not sufficiently thick. The first place a referee will try using a whistle and a new understanding of the game from having actually read the law book (which most of us never did while we were playing), is during a club practice. Learning how to watch the game as a referee; find ways to stay close to, but out of the way of, play; get used to blowing a whistle and starting play are important aspects of growing into refereeing. In Leinster we start referees off with underage, youth’s games. It gives them a feel for the game at a slower pace with often more obedient subjects, although the sidelines can be the hardest bit to overcome.

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New Recruits Course 2017

We will be holding a new recruits course on Saturday 21st January in Terenure College.
Anyone interested should make contact with David O’Brien at david.obrien@irfu.ie .

Why become a referee?

  • Stay with the game as an alternative to playing.
  • Social – The social aspect of rugby is renowned. Refereeing is a great way to meet new people and make new friends.
  • Fitness – It is a fantastic way to keep fit. The IRFU have the highest level of expertise in this area.
  • Travel – The highest level you reach as a referee, the more involvement you will have at European Competitions, Guinness Pro 12 League and the Ulster Bank League
  • Referees ‘a club within a club’ who meet regularly for meetings. There’s a great team spirit.
  • Ambition – could you referee an international match?
  • Tickets – Referees are allowed to apply for international and provincial match tickets.