Leinster Match Program – Article 9

This article appeared in the Glasgow Match Program

A warm welcome to todays match official Marius Mitrea. Born in Romania, Marius moved to Treviso, Italy in 1999 after he finished high school, where he learnt Italian, Spanish, French and English on top of his first Romanian language. In 2006 Marius took up refereeing, and in 2007 he refereed his first match, CUS Padova U15 vs Casale U15 in Padua. He made his international debut in 2010, where he refereed Belgium vs Canada in Brussels.He later refereed in the European Nations Cup before making his Six Nations Championship debut as an assistant referee in 2014 Six Nations Championship. In 2013 he was on the referee panel for the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship, where he refereed 3 matches, including the 7th place game between Australia and Ireland. In September 2015, he went to the 2015 Rugby World Cup as an assistant referee.

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Leinster Match Program – Article 8

An extremely warm welcome to today’s match official team, and another hopefully cracking derby game with Ulster. A warm welcome also to our good friend and trusted colleague George Clancy from the Munster Association of Referees. George  has refereed 46 International Rugby Union tests, and refereed at the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups. He has also refereed 65 European Cup games (4th on the all-time list), 17 European Challenge Cup games (including the 2009 & 2011 finals) and 90 Pro 12 games, as well as refereeing at two Junior World Cups and the Hong Kong, Paris and London 7s. He is no strange to derby fixtures and he is a firm favorite here in the RDS.

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Leinster Match Program – Article 7

This article appeared in the Connacht Matchday Program

What another superb 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 almost half way through our 2017/18 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 2018, and delivering more top quality referees and assessors to Leinster and the world.

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Womens Six Nations Match Officials Announced

Simplified New Law Book

World Rugby’s “simplified law book” was launched Tuesday with the aim of enhancing accessibility and understanding without altering the laws themselves.

The revolutionary law book, which can be accessed at laws.worldrugby.org and downloaded via the App store, is the product of almost two years’ work by a specialist group.

The result is a law book that is more logically laid out, clearer in its explanations and, with various repetitions and contradictions removed, 42% shorter than the current version.

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “As our game continues to grow around the world, we continue to strive to make the sport as accessible to all. The laws can be difficult to understand for new participants and fans and the new law book goes a long way towards simplifying it and making it easier to understand for players, coaches, referees and the viewing public.

“This has been a truly collaborative effort with every union given the opportunity to contribute. I’d like to thank them and the working group for their full commitment to an extensive and important process. I believe what they have produced will make a big difference to the game as we seek to make rugby more accessible to all.”

Law Simplification Group: Mark Harrington (World Rugby Head of Technical Services and club head coach), Tappe Henning (Scottish Rugby Union Referee Manager and former international referee), Dr Ross Tucker (sports scientist), Rod Hill (New Zealand Rugby Referee Manager), Chris Cuthbertson (Chairman RFU Laws Committee), James Fitzgerald (World Rugby Media Manager and former international referee), Adam Pearson (web designer/illustrator).

The new law book will shortly be printed and distributed in the usual way.

Leinster Match Program – Article 6

This article appeared in the Exeter Matchday Program

Welcome to another fun packed edition of referees corner. A very warm welcome also to our referee Pascal Gauzère (Fra) and his team of Maxime Chalon (Fra) Jean-Luc Rebollal (Fra) and television match official Eric Gauzins (Fra). The Champions and Challenge Cup back to back weekend is one of the best fortnights of rugby in the year and also one of the busiest times for our referees. There are no fewer than 20 Irish referees officiating this weekend across Europe this weekend with many of our Leinster referees involved.

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Leinster Match Program – Article 5


This article appeared in the Dragons Matchday Program

It was with great sadness that the learnt of the passing of our refereeing colleague, Damian Poder, on November 13th. It is always a difficult time when a member of our refereeing family passes away, and that Monday was no different. Damian was diagnosed with bladder cancer in October 2016. He underwent an 11 week period in hospital where he had extensive operations to remove the cancer. Sadly another tumor was found and more operations ensued. Damian battled them all with a smile, his sense of humor and good grace.

Damian was an avid sports fan, his two main loves being cricket and rugby. He was a member of Merrion cricket club since he arrived in Ireland from Australia in 1996. He played on the firsts and was club captain for 3 years running. He was also a member of our refereeing family for a number of years and everyone who met him benefited greatly from his presence. He had the perfect personality for refereeing and he will be greatly missed by us all. On behalf of all members of the ARLB our President Conor Byrne and the executive extend their deepest sympathies to his wife Ailish and son Cian. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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IRFU Age Grade Regulations

IRFU Age Grade Regulations

Please find above the current age grade variations. Cloud you destroy previous versions.  Laminate the attached and keep in your gear bag please.

The IRFU issue the Game Regulation Variations for Youth & Schools Rugby. The attached document lists all the variations for this season.

Anything that is not denoted in the attachment is as per the Adult Game Laws.


Metro Area Meeting

Old Wesley Rugby Football Club, by kind permission

Dec 11th 2017

KO 7:30pm.

At this meeting there will be an election to fill the Metro Area Rep position being vacated by Tom D Keating.

If any of you wish to put your name forward for election at this meeting, could you please email Tom Keating at tomdkeating@mac.com by 11:59pm on Wednesday 29th of November informing me of your intentions to seek election.