Leinster Rugby Program – Article 6

The Metro Referees were delighted to welcome Marius van der Westhuizen to their meeting on Tuesday night. Marius was in Dublin to take charge of the Ireland v Canada game. It was great to have Marius at the meeting and he answered some questions in a thought provoking way.  For instance, when asked about maintaining concentration on the pitch, he talked about just focusing on the “next good decision” and not getting caught up in what had gone before.

When his training schedule allows, he still seeks out, and looks forward to, refereeing U 13 matches, which he treats with the same respect as a test match.  “For the players, it is every bit as important as a test match is to the test players.”  He also  uses U-13 matches to consciously work on minor tweaks to his own game, and experiment a bit, since the speed of top level rugby does not allow the time to do so.

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Metro Area Meeting

 

The next Metro area meeting is Tuesday Dec 6th in Clontarf Football Club (by kind permission). Last month’s meeting in Old Wesley had a record attendance of 48 people, so thank you to those you were able to attend, this month I would like to hit the 50 mark, so please do make the time to attend be you a referee or an assessor as it is very important for your game / assessments to attend to hear and learn about relevant topics for the season.

Agenda  

7:30 – 7:45 – Registration
7:45 – 7:50 – Welcome (Tom)
7:50 – 8:30 – David O’Brien and Dudley Phillips
8:30 – 8:40 – Kevin Beggs (Talking about all things related to IRFU Tag in 2017)
8:40 – 8:50 – Q&A
8:50 – 9:00 – Tom meeting up with Trialists.

 

 

This weeks Pro 12 and International Appointments

Canada v New Zealand
Wed 23/11/16 Donnybrook
Referee: Helen O Reilly
Touch Judge: Susan Carty
No. 5: Gary Glennon

Samoa v Canada
Fri 25/11/16 Grenoble
Touch Judge: Gary Conway

Scarlets v Leinster
Fri 25/11/16 Guinness Pro 12
Referee: Sean Gallagher

Ulster v Zebre
Fri 25/11/16 Guinness Pro 12
Touch Judge: Helen O Reilly
Assessor: Michael Carroll

Connacht v Cardiff Blues
Fri 25/11/16 Guinness Pro 12
Touch Judge: Brian MacNeice

Ireland v Australia
Sat 26/11/16 @ 17:30
Referee: Jerome Garces
AR1: JP Doyle
AR2: Craig Maxwell Keys
TMO: Eric Gauzins
Statistician: John Carvill
Time Keeper: Andrew Baird
SCO: Alan Rogan

France v New Zealand
Sat 26/11/16 International
Touch Judge: Dudley Phillips

Ireland v New Zealand
Sun 27/11/16 @ 14:00 UCD Bowl
Sub Referee: Helen O Reilly
Touch Judge: Susan Carty

Newport Gwent Dragons v Edinburgh Rugby
Sun 27/11/16 Guinness Pro 12
TMO: Brian MacNeice

Marius van der Westhuizen at Metro Meeting

The Metro Referees were delighted to welcome Marius van der Westhuizen to their meeting on Tuesday night. Marius was in Dublin to take charge of the Ireland v Canada game.

Marius was great, and answered some questions in a thought provoking way.  For instance, when asked about maintaining concentration on the pitch, he talked about just focusing on the “next good decision” and not getting caught up in what had gone before.

marius1 When his training schedule allows, he still seeks out, and looks forward to, refereeing U 13 matches, which he treats with the same respect as a test match.  “For the players, it is every bit as important as a test match is to the test players.”  He also  uses U-13 matches to consciously work on minor tweaks to his own game, and experiment a bit, since the speed of top level rugby does not allow the time to do so.

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Referee Manual and Nutrition Guides

Please see link to IRFU Referee Manual 2016/17 Season and Nutrition Guidelines for Referees. 

The manual covers all aspects of refereeing and should be a continued reference point for you throughout the season.

http://www.irishrugby.ie/downloads/Referee_Manual_2017.pdf

The Nutrition Guidelines were put together after a comprehensive survey of our National Panel Referees.  It should provide you with some very useful and relevant advice.

http://www.irishrugby.ie/downloads/IRFU_Referee_Nutrition_FAQ.pdf

Best of luck for the remainder of the season and thank you for your continued service to the game.

Leinster Match Program – Article 5

This article appeared in the Connacht Match Program

It is hard to talk about the world of refereeing and rugby without mentioning the great shock of the passing of Anthony Foley. All our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the wider Munster rugby community. Reading online about the great man just made him a great man, player and coach. I did read one interesting titbit of information in all the articles I read, that he was only penalised 6 times in his career. I can well believe it. A great rugby mind and passionate player. He will be missed sorely. Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam.

A warm welcome to today’s match officials, John Lacey and Andy Brace from Munster , Jonathon Peak of Ulster, and today’s match commissioner Tim Lowry. Our sympathies are passed to John Lacey on the passing of his former Shannon and Munster teammate.

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Kevin Kelleher RIP

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our former President (1979/80), President Leinster Rugby (1977/78) and International Referee Kevin Kelleher. Kevin was also chairman of the Leinster Schools committee for a number of years. Arrangements to follow. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam.

Leinster Match Program – Article 4

This article appeared in the Castres match day program

Annual Seminar

The Leinster Rugby Referees season is back in full swing after the summer break. The season kicked off with our annual seminar on August 21st in Old Wesley RFC’s splendid new clubhouse. 180 plus referees attended the day,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 MacDonald, President of the Leinster Rugby Referees, and Old Wesley member opened proceedings, welcoming the referees to another season and wishing them well.

We were delighted to welcome back Sean Gallagher, a Leinster referee currently working in Connacht as the IRFU Development Officer there. Sean conducted the pre-Season presentation and the key points and focus areas for referees this season including the new law changes for the season. These include Rugby Values – Players appealing for decisions, playing acting, diving or displaying un-sportsmanlike 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 www.arlb.ie

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