This was the last article from last season and appeared in the B&I Cup Final Program.
As another season draws to a close our focus in Leinster Rugby Referees is firmly on next season and with that recruitment. We are always looking for new talented referees, so whether you are retiring from the game, injured or just looking for a different aspect to rugby, perhaps refereeing is for you.
Referee Recruitment and Development is a key element of Leinster Rugby policy. The investment in referee development in Leinster has produced some of the most highly regarded referees in world rugby. Some of the famous names in refereeing circles to have come out of the Leinster Refereeing production line in recent years include Donal Courtney (Monkstown FC), who is now working with the IRB refereeing selection committee and responsible for ERC Referee performance, Alan Lewis (Old Wesley RFC) who appointed to referee at the 2007 Rugby World Cup and multiple European games and Alain Rolland (Blackrock College RFC) who was appointed to referee at the 2007 Rugby World Cup and ended up refereeing the final. Roller then went on to the 2011 World Cup and also refereed in the 2009 Lions tour. He will referee his third Heineken Cup Final in a few weeks before taking a well-deserved retirement.
The Annual Seminar takes place this Sunday (August 17th) from 9.00am at St Mary’s College RFC.
9.00 Coffee and Registration
9.30 Introduction from President pat Carolan
9.40 Committee Presentation from Ciaran O’Brien
9.50 IRFU Presentation from David O’Brien
10.50 IRFU Medical Presentation
11.40 Fitness with Hitchy from Paul Haycock
13.30 Photo – please wear polo shirt or t-shirt or sponsors kit.
13.35 IRFU Presentation from David O’Brien
14.15 Guest Speaker
Please confirm attendance or non-attendance to Denis Collins ASAP
Helen’s superb refereeing form has been rewarded with an appointment to referee France v Canada on Wednesday. Kick off is 19.45 Irish Time and the game will be live on Sky Sports. Helen has already refereed the first two rounds of the tournament (France v Wales and Canada v Samoa).
This is a richly deserved appointment and a credit to the hard work that Helen has put in during the year. We all wish her well.
Leinster’s Helen O’Reilly has been given the honour of refereeing the hosts in the last match of an action-packed opening day of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in France when it kicks off on Friday.
The match sees the reigning Grand Slam champions take on Wales in what is a vital match for both teams with the losers’ hopes of reaching the last-four seriously dented.
It promises to be a fantastic occasion with a large crowd and the game being broadcast live on Sky Sports 3.
Since being selected for the World Cup match official panel last April no stone has been left unturned in Helen O’Reilly’s training with IRFU referee development officer Dave O’Brien overseeing her preparation.
Dave outlined: “We have ensured that Helen has been getting top class technical support from a referee coaching perspective.
“She has also been on a strict conditioning and nutrition program overseen by Irish Women’s team conditioning coach Marian Earls and IRFU performance nutritionist Ruth Wood-Martin respectively and we have seen significant improvements in all aspects of her refereeing.”
As part of her preparation, Helen refereed three international matches over the summer – taking charge of England v USA twice followed by Ireland v Wales in Malahide RFC on July 20.
IRFU director of referees Owen Doyle wished Helen the best of luck, stating: “We are delighted with Helen’s appointment in the opening round of the tournament.
“Her hard work, dedication and strong refereeing performances have propelled her into the top handful of female referees in the world.
“This is in keeping with our strong tradition of providing top quality referees on the world stage. We in the IRFU wish her all the best of luck this Friday and over the course of the tournament.”
The match officials for the opening weekend of the June internationals have been announced, with Nigel Owens in the middle at Eden Park and Ireland’s George Clancy in charge in South Africa.
South Africa vs World XV Referee:George Clancy (Ireland) Assistant referees: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa), Quinton Immelman (South Africa) Television match official: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa) Timekeeper: Albert Mocke (South Africa) Assessor: Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)
New Zealand vs England at Eden Park, Auckland Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales) Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Jérôme Garcès (France) Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia) Assessor: Andrew Cole (Australia)
Fiji vs Italy at National Stadium, Suva Referee: JP Doyle (England) Assistant referees: Johan Hoffmann (Australia), James Leckie (Australia) Assessor: Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)
Australia vs France at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa) Assistant referees: Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Garratt Williamson (New Zealand) Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand) Assessor: Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)
Argentina vs Ireland at Estadio Centenario, Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand) Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Jaco van Heerden (South Africa) Television match official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa) Assessor: Clayton Thomas (Wales)
USA vs Scotland in Houston Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France) Assistant referees: Francesco Pastrana (Argentina), Chris Assmus (Canada) Television match official: Alan Hosie (Scotland) Assessor: Donal Courtney (Ireland)