Planet Rugby | Interview: Nigel Owens.
Rarely does the man in the middle get a mention unless it’s for the wrong reasons, but a good referee is a vital ingredient to any decent game of rugby.
Three of the best Test matches in recent memory, South Africa v New Zealand and Ireland v New Zealand in 2013, and the France v England clash earlier this year had one striking similarity.
The man officiating was Welshman Nigel Owens, who this weekend makes his 50th Test appearance when he officiates in Dublin on Saturday.
Aoife McCarthy, Susan Carty, Leah Berard, Helen O’Reilly and Gary Glennon – Ireland v Italy Match Officials on International Women’s Day. 4 Leinster Rugby Referees
2012 comes to an end it gives us a chance to look back at our achievements for the year so far. Our annual Laws Seminar in August had the biggest attendance ever, so a big thanks to all the participants. Our season really kicks off at this important event as it gives referees of all levels a chance to meet and exchange stories.
We are delighted that our Area Representatives this season, Declan O’Rourke (Gorey RFC/South East), Ronnie McCann (Clondalkin RFC/ North Midlands) and Mark Power (Boyne RFC/North East), Paddy Curran (Roscrea) Midlands, and Dan Wallace (Terenure College RFC/Metro) continue the good work with the management and development of our new recruits in the Areas. We have had a number of new recruits pass their trial matches and have another few lined up to complete their trial this month. It’s great to report that the reps have all hit the ground running and the number of new referees so far this season is encouraging.
This article appear in the Connacht match program
With Christmas the domestic season takes a short break but for our National Panel referees the break is a short one. Many are coming off Heineken Cup games in Europe and will be straight into the Rabo Direct Christmas season. Most games held at this time of year are derby games which will see Irish referees referee Irish provinces. At any one game 4 or 5 referees from Ireland will be involved. They will be taking it easy on the sherry this year.
In Leinster, following a successful start to the season, the referees will be meeting up for our annual Christmas party. The location, time and date is a secret. We are also looking forward to our recruitment day in January. If you are interested in referee please get in touch through our website at www.arlb.ie.
Respected Rolland retires at the top
By James Fitzgerald
It started with a trip across the Irish Sea to Cardiff in 2001 and it will finish the same way. During those intervening years, Alain Rolland has become one of the most respected and admired match officials of the modern era over the course of an international career that will come to an end this Friday night for what will be his 66th Test match.
His first international nearly 13 years ago ended with an 81-9 victory for the home team over Romania and while Wales may not have things quite so easy on Friday against France, Rolland will still be applying his vast experience, empathy for the Game and attention to detail to ensure a fair contest for the players.
Please note that the referees golf this year will be on Friday 2nd May once more in Douglas Golf Club.
Rooms are held in the Rochestown Park Hotel, as per previous years, however these will need to be booked quickly as its a bank holiday and also Katie Taylor is fighting there that night (in the hotel, not the golf club).
If interested please contact Dave McHugh directly at David.McHugh@IRFU.ie
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2013 A Year Refereeing.
This article appeared in the Ulster match program.
2013 Started off with a bang. Helen O’Reilly was selected to referee two games in the RBS Women’s 6 Nations (England V Italy, France V Scotland). International debut, Ireland v Spain, done in January and she has gone from strength to strength. Helen, 36, works as a Civil Servant and lives in Ashbourne, Co. Meath. She is a member of Ashbourne Rugby Football Club and joined the Leinster Rugby Referees in 2011. Since joining she has quickly moved through the ranks and regularly officiates at Junior 1 and Senior Level across the province. She is going to have a great 2014.
We were very pleased to advise that the IRFU Referee Committee added Dudley Philips to the IRFU Level 1 Contracted Group, with immediate effect in January. This very well merited promotion was the result of consistent appointments and quality performance levels in European competitions. Jim Breen, President of the Leinster Rugby Referees congratulated Dudley saying that it is “Great news and great to see him move onwards and upwards!.” Dudley has had a great 2013 refereeing and touch judging internationally. He also managed to stop a 30 man brawl in Georgia.
General Members Workshop
Thursday 6th February
Calling all Leinster Rugby Referees! We will be having a General Members Meeting on Thursday 6th Feb in Clondalkin RFC. We will be discussing the following:
a) Touch judging – the fundamentals
c) Match control
This will be a good opportunity to have any Grading questions answered – everybody will be receiving their Grading via email over the next few days
As we don’t have many General meetings throughout the year we are hoping that as many members as possible will make the effort to turn out. There will be finger food and refreshments provided on the evening.
Looking forward to seeing you all…..