Electronic Teamsheets

Electronic team sheets have been introduced by the Leinster Branch this season.

1. Each team will submit the teamsheet to the branch electronically 3 hours prior to the game
2. The referee will be presented with a copy no later than 30 minutes before kick off
3. If a team requires a change of player before kick off the referee must inital this
4. Referees will fill in the score, yellow and red cards as per normal and submit the teamsheet via email to teamsheets@leinsterrugby.ie as soon as possible after the game
5. Scores will still be submitted by text
6. Please bring old team sheets with you for first few weeks.

Information on rolling substitutions can be found here


Annual Seminar Report

Leinster Rugby Referees Annual Seminar
21st August 2011
St Mary’s College RFC

The Leinster Rugby Referees Annual Seminar took place on the 21st August in St Mary’s College Rugby Club. Ciaran O Brien (Railway Union RFC) The President Leinster Rugby Referees opened the seminar by welcoming everyone and thanked Ronnie Mc Brien immediate past President St Mary’s RFC for the use of their magnificent facilities. Ronnie replied by saying he was very honoured that the Referees had chosen Templeville Road again as the venue for the seminar.

The M.C for the day G.P. Maher started proceedings by introducing the first speaker Dave O Brien IRFU who gave a presentation on game management and key aspects for this season. Dave was assisted by AIL referees Alan Rogan and Kevin Beggs. During the presentation Kevin informed all in attendance that there was now a “new” fixture in the Tri Nations, The Springboks V South Africa. He is a Kiwi after all guys !!!

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Annual Seminar This Sunday

St.Mary’s College RFC Templeville Road

9.00 Registration Tea/Coffee with biscuits
9.30 President’s Opening Address
9.35 Game Management – Key aspects for this season
11.05 Discipline & Management Issues
11.50 Admin issues
12.00 Ref Cam
12.15 Assessment and Grading
12.40 Presentation of Tankards
12.45 Guest Speaker – Joe Schmidt Leinster Head Coach
13.45 President’s closing remarks, followed by lunch

There will also be a break-out session during the morning for referees in their first year after successfully passing their trial, at which issues relevant to them will be discussed.

The gear store will also be open after the seminar – exact cash only – prices can be found on the website. We will also have Jack Doyle Clothing present to introduce the new off field formal wear including jumpers, shirts and blazers. They will measure each referee and take orders.


Alan Lewis awarded for exceptional contribution to rugby

The Tom Rooney award for an exceptional contribution to the sport has been awarded to Alan Lewis, whose refereeing record includes two World Cups and a record number of European Cup matches. Alan picked up the award at the Guinness/Rugby Writers of Ireland Award Ceremony on Sunday night.

Alan Lewis retired from refereeing at the end of this last season. With 45 major international Test matches to his credit, including a Rugby World Cup quarter-final and games across the RBS 6 Nations Championship and Tri Nations, Lewis is one of the longest serving IRFU international referees.

Alan Lewis also holds the record for matches in European competition with an incredible 83 matches, 71 of which were Heineken Cup games including three semi-finals and the Heineken Cup final in 2007.


Annual Referees Seminar 2011

The Annual Referees Seminar will take place on Sunday August 21st 2011 at St Mary’s College RFC.  Kick off is 09:30 and a full attendance is expected. A full agenda will be published nearer the date but it promises to be, as always, a fun and educational day. We will have a number of guest speakers on the day from the world of refereeing and lunch will, as always, be provided.

New Referees

If you are interested in taking up refereeing and wish to attend the New Referee’s Course at the seminar please contact David Keane with your details. Information on refereeing and referee pathways can be found on this site.

Larry Cooke RIP

It is with deepest regret that we have to announce the death of former referee Larry Cooke. Arrangements are as follows:

COOKE (Cork and Naas) – August 5, 2011 in the tender care of the staff at the Bon Secours Hospital Cork. Lt. Col. Patrick L. (Larry). Husband of the late Edna (Tyndall), and partner of Carol. Loving father of Lynda and Ronan. Sadly missed by his loving family, son-in-law Stephen, daughter-in-law Roisin, brothers Peter and John, sisters Frances (Stuart) and Elma (Deasy), grandchildren Sophie and Jack L., brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and friends. May he Rest in Peace. Reposing at Sullivan’s Funeral Home, Turner’s Cross. Removal this (Saturday) evening at 7pm to Christ the King Church, Turner’s Cross. Requiem Mass on Monday at 12 noon. Funeral afterwards to St. John’s Cemetery, Ballinrea. No flowers, donations in lieu, if desired to Cunamh Cancer Care, Bon Secours Hospital.