IRFU Concussion

I attach a link to the updated IRFU Concussion Guidelines Video below.  This has gone live on the IRFU website this week.


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Leinster Rugby Program – Article 1

Welcome back to a new season. Whilst most of us were resting over the summer and enjoying the long sunny days a few of our referees were still hard at work. Dudley Phillips was in action in Japan at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo where he assisted John Lacey from Munster for the Japan v Samoa game in early June. His summer did not end there as he took a trip to Tbilisi for the IRB Tbilisi Cup, a competition between Georgia, Spain, Emerging Italy and the Emerging Jaguars. He was one of a team of three match officials at the tournament, the others being Luke Pearce (RFU) and Andrew McMenemy (SRU).

Pride of place of course goes to Helen O’Reilly. We mentioned back in April that Helen was selected as one of the Match Official for the 2014 Womens World Cup in France. Helen spent the summer refereeing and preparing for the World Cup. She refereed England v USA twice in a week in July and also refereed Irelands friendly with Wales in Ashbourne a few weeks later (highlights on our Facebook page). We were all glued to our screens at referee HQ every time Helen took to the pitch during the World Cup. To say she did amazingly would be an understatement. Helen is only in her second year as a referee so to even get to the World Cup was some achievement. Helen refereed the hosts opening game against Wales on day one and followed that with Canada against Samoa in round 2. She was then selected to referee the World Cup Semi Final between France and Canada – a result of her consistent performances in the pool stages. In front of a packed house in the Stade Jean Bouin in Paris, Helen excelled, in an extremely difficult game. Everyone involved in Leinster Rugby Referees are immensely proud of Helens achievements. It’s onwards and upwards from here for Helen.

France v Canada - Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final

A lot of our referees were busy with other activities over the summer, mainly touch rugby and tag rugby with a large number involved in the IRFU Tag Rugby competitions over the province including the All Ireland Finals in Old Belvedere RFC. Aoife McCarthy and Mark Scoyne also refereed at the European Touch Rugby Championships in Swansea in August.

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Across the Laighin

See what’s going on across Leinster in the first episode from Leinster Rugby TV.


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Age Grade Variations

Please keep a copy of the age grade variations in your kitbag.


Updated 17/09

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Upcoming Workshops


Workshop Topic: Positioning

Date: Monday 15th September 

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: St Marys RFC

Note: Part of this will be on pitch so prepare accordingly



Workshop Topic: Touch Judging

Date: Tuesday 30th September 

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: St Marys RFC



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Annual Golf Outing

Annual Golf Outing

Friday September 19th

Dun Laoghaire Golf Club (Please not change of venue)

Tee times from 14:00 – 15:30

BBQ Afterwards – Contact Denis Collins to sign up.

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Referee Fitness

The fitness page of the website has been updated following on from Paul Haycocks presentation at the annual seminar.

The page can be found under Fitness on the Resources menu.

Fitness sessions are broken into 3 categories.

Endurance sessions focus on improving speed endurance and are ideally used in pre-season or during gaps in the season where referees want to improve base fitness.

Speed sessions focus on speed, acceleration and running dynamics. When doing these sessions you should focus on form and maximum effort for each sprint drill.

General sessions focus on overall fitness with speed, endurance and skills sections in each. Skill drills focus on general movement and game specific areas.

Presentations and sheets are at the bottom of the page.

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Leinster Match Program – Article 15

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.

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Annual Seminar Tankards Presentation


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Annual Seminar Agenda

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
12.00 Law
12.30 Presentations
12.45 Lunch
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
14.45 Close

Please confirm attendance or non-attendance to Denis Collins ASAP

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