Annual Golf Outing: Reminder

Our Annual Golf outing this year which will take place on Thursday 25th August in Milltown Golf Club (Tee times from 1pm – 2:30pm) is fast approaching!

This year we are delighted to announce that we are combining our outing with the Leinster Branch Executive Golf outing.

Please will you let Denis Collins know if you plan on attending any or all of the days fun and games.

Pre-Season Training

Please find attached the Leinster Rugby Referees Pre-Season training plan as laid out by Paul Haycock. His plan is to do one block each month of the year, and this one is focused on getting the lungs going. Following blocks will increase the amount of movement, positioning and speed work.

Annual Seminar

Date: August Sunday 21st

Venue: Old Wesley RFC,  Donnybrook

KO:  8.45  am

Presidential Address 9.30 am

Full agenda to follow.

If you are aware at this stage that you cannot attend on the day please let me know.

There are a number of new laws and a  full attendance is expected


Annual Golf Outing

Our Annual Golf outing this year will take place on Thursday 25th August in Milltown Golf Club (Tee times from 1pm – 2:30pm)





This year we are delighted to announce that we are combining our outing with the Leinster Branch Executive Golf outing.

Pricing to follow but needless to say that if you don’t fancy playing golf you can always join us for dinner in the clubhouse afterwards.

IRFU Referees Golf Outing


This years referees golf will be played in Ballykisteen Golf Club Limerick Junction, County Tipperary on Friday August 19th.

There is a hotel on site and a number of rooms have been reserved.

Please encourage as many of your colleagues as possible to attend, and to give support to all the charities that ultimately benefit by their attendance.

Details of costs and tee times will follow over the next few weeks.

Dave McHugh 

Becoming a Referee

Becoming a Referee

27 March 2016; Match officials, from left, touch judge William Murphy, referee James Fitzgerald, 4th official Richard Kielthy and sub referee Ian Thompson. Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup, Semi-Final, Naas v Enniscorthy. Kilkenny Rugby Club, Kilkenny. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Referees provide a vital function in servicing all levels of the game. Refereeing is a fantastic hobby. Weather you have aspirations to referee at the highest level or referee underage rugby in your area the enjoyment factor and the benefits are great.

Benefits to you:
– Stay involved in the game
– Keep fit
– Learn more about the game
– Referee locally, provincially or nationally
– Make new friends
– Referee Association / Society Membership
– Access to gear

Benefits to the game and the players:
– Safe and controlled
– Structured
– Neutral Referees
– Enhanced playing experience
– Values of the game are maintained

Steps to becoming a referee

If interested you should make contact with the referee development manager / officer in your Leinster. He will talk you though the process in detail and let you know when the next available recruits course in set to take place.

The new recruits course is a daylong course and on completion participants can apply to become members of their provincial referee association / society. Beginner referees will receive ongoing mentoring and development support. Progression is purely based on ability and commitment.

Ideal candidates should:
– Be reasonably fit
– Have a good understanding of the game
– Be available to commit to at least 15 games per season

I only want to referee in my own club or school

Should you only wish to referee matches involving your own club or school then the Club and School Affiliate Referee Scheme is best suited to you. Details on the scheme can be found here.

Courses are run throughout the season. Details on upcoming courses in your area are available on your provincial branch website.

IRFU Referee Development Staff

David O’Brien – Leinster
Referee Development Manager
087 6418340


Law trials and minor law amendments set for 2016


With player welfare at the heart of the process, a number of minor amendments will come into effect in 2016 while a package of closed law trials announced in September get underway.

A number of minor law amendments approved and announced in September will come into effect in the southern hemisphere on 1 January and 1 July in the northern hemisphere, while 2016 will also see a programme of closed law trials begin in earnest as World Rugby’s quadrennial law review process continues in 2016.

Every four years, rugby’s governing body undertakes a complete health-check of the game’s playing trends across the Rugby World Cup cycle to ensure that the sport continues to develop at all levels around the world. This extensive process is undertaken with full union consultation and has player welfare, game simplification and fan experience at its core.

The implementation of the package of law trials and law amendments by World Rugby Council, follows detailed analysis and evaluation of union submissions by the specialist Law Review Group (LRG) which reports to the Rugby Committee. This evaluation process also featured specialist input from the Scrum Steering Group (SSG) and the Multi-Disciplinary Injury Prevention Group (MDIPG) over the past year and is the next phase of the law change process.

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2015/16 Season in Review

At the start of this season Wayne Sheridan of Old Wesley RFC was elected President of the Leinster Rugby Referees. Wayne, a current active citing commissioner on the PRO 12 and European circuit is a former IRFU National Panel referee and father to Glenn who is currently on the National Panel (albeit in Connacht, but we won’t hold that against him). Gary Conway started the season refereeing at the World Rugby U20 Championship. Dudley Phillips was busy at the Pacific Nations Cup where he touch judged a number of games. Tim Townend who was promoted to the IRFU National Referees panel and Helen O’Reilly who was promoted to the ‘A’ Panel in the summer panel appointments. It was also a busy summer for out kit men – Dan Wallace and Kevin Beggs with the help, as always of Denis Collins. We were delighted to welcome Bank of Ireland on board as our new kit sponsor.

6 August 2015; Referee Dudley Phillips, left, Referee Helen O'Reilly, centre, and Referee Gary Conway, right. Leinster Rugby Branch Referee Photos. Bective Rangers, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

The season kicked off with our annual seminar on August 16th in Old Wesley RFC. 175 plus referees attended the day, one of our largest attendances to date showing the increase popularity in refereeing within Leinster and the excellent work done by the IRFU Recruitment officers and area representatives. David O’Brien conducted the pre-Season presentation and the key points and focus areas for referees this season. They include Rugby Values – Players appealing for decisions, playing acting, diving or displaying un-sportsman like behaviour must be sanctioned / managed. Players exaggerating an offence may have that penalty reversed and simulation should be penalised as a minimum. These facets are something we have seen throughout the rugby world cup. A full list can be found on our website

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Heads / Tails

At the recent Annual Dinner of The Association of Referees Leinster Branch (ARLB), a charity game of “Heads & Tails” raised €800 in aid of the Leinster Rugby’s charity partners for 2015/16 Season, namely The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and Cardiac Risk in the Young.



Pictured is Robert McDermott, President Leinster Rugby accepting the donation from Wayne Sheridan, President ARLB.

The ARLB continues to provide the highest standard of officiating possible to rugby clubs in Leinster and importantly, in a safe environment. All Leinster league and cup games are covered, including men’s and women’s adult rugby, youths and schools, and all other official branch matches.

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