IRFU Panel Changes

Congratulations to Tim Townend who was promoted to the IRFU National Referees panel and Helen O’Reilly who was promoted to the ‘A’ Panel in the recent panel appointments.

Congratulations also to Joy Neville who was promoted to the panel from Munster.

RWC refs start preparations

The 2015 Rugby World Cup match officials are busy with their first preparatory meeting ahead of the showpiece event which runs from September 18-October 31.

According to the SA Rugby Referees website, the gathering is taking place in Arcachon Bay on the southwest coast of France.

All of the match officials have gathered there with Joel Jutge, World Rugby’s manager of referees.

At the meeting are the 12 referees, seven assistant referees and four television match officials who will be involved in the World Cup matches in England and Wales.

The most experienced Test referee is Nigel Owens with 50 Tests, followed by Wayne Barnes (57) and South Africa’s Craig Joubert (55).

Rugby World Cup officials:

Referees (12): Wayne Barnes, JP Doyle (both England), Romain Poite, Jerome Garces, Pascal Gauzere (all France), George Clancy, Jonny Lacey (both Ireland), Glen Jackson, Chris Pollock of New Zealand), Craig Joubert, Jaco Peyper (both South Africa) and Nigel Owens (Wales).

Assistant referees (7): Federico Anselmi (Argentina), Stuart Berry (South Africa), Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Angus Gardner (Australia), Leighton Hodges (Wales), Marius Mitrea (Italy) and Mathieu Raynal (France).

Television match officials (4): George Ayoub (Australia), Graham Hughes (England), Ben Skeen (New Zealand) and Shaun Veldsman (South Africa).

President Sheridan on Recruitment

President Sheridan on recruitment

“One of the main aims of the ARLB is the recruitment of referees and I will be ensuring this continues. New blood is the future of the Association and without additional referees, we will not flourish. In the past, dependence was upon the Clubs to put forward names for consideration but as this well has almost run dry, I appeal that if you know a suitable person, please ask them to seriously consider taking up the whistle.”

President Sheridan on Gary Conways appointment

President Sheridan on Gary Conways appointment to the World Rugby U20 Championship

It is with great pleasure that I congratulate Gary Conway following his appointment to officiate at this summer’s World Rugby Under 20 Championship – Gary rose through the ranks to become Leinster’s Referee of the Year in 2013/14 before joining the Pro12 refereeing circuit. Gary, best wishes for a successful Tournament and, I know you will do both yourself and the ARLB proud.”

Presidents Address – Wayne Sheridan

IMG-20150424-WA0003I am honoured to be elected President of the Association of Referees Leinster Branch for 2015/16 and will continue to strive and ensure its good standing is maintained within the IRFU.

I have inherited the Presidency of an Association which is in a very strong position under the management of the Hon Secretary Pierce Fitzpatrick, Treasurer Bryan O’Neill and Chairmen of various committees and, my goal with the assistance of all Members, is to bring it to maintain this high standard.

A proud Member of Old Wesley for 38 years, for the last 30, I have refereed and touch-judged throughout Ireland and at times abroad – although still blowing my whistle, nowadays I assist new referees as they progress up the ranks. It is my hope that they will gain as much enjoyment as I continue to do from the game of rugby football.

The ARLB has structures in place to help aspiring referees reach their goal of officiating at the highest level within the province and thereafter, the IRFU will provide additional opportunity to progress further. Attendance at the excellent Workshops given by Dave O’Brien is expected especially if one harbours ambitions of advancing up the refereeing ladder.

It is with great pleasure that I congratulate Gary Conway following his appointment to officiate at this summer’s World Rugby Under 20 Championship – Gary rose through the ranks to become Leinster’s Referee of the Year in 2013/14 before joining the Pro12 refereeing circuit.

Gary, best wishes for a successful Tournament and, I know you will do both yourself and the ARLB proud.

One of the main aims of the ARLB is the recruitment of referees and I will be ensuring this continues. New blood is the future of the Association and without additional referees, we will not flourish. In the past, dependence was upon the Clubs to put forward names for consideration but as this well has almost run dry, I appeal that if you know a suitable person, please ask them to seriously consider taking up the whistle.

I look forward to working as a Team of 3 with Dave MacDonald and Conor Byrne, my respective Senior and Junior Vice Presidents during the year ahead.

Fellow ARLB Members, I thank you again for the trust placed in me – I will not let you down.

Wayne Sheridan
President
Association of Referees Leinster Branch 2015/16

U15 Premier League Final T.O.T.

U 15 Premier League Final Replay in Portlaoise.

3 man team Jason Meaney( sub ref) John S Dunne (Referee) and Nigel Fitzpatrick (TJ)

Well done Tullamore who came out on top against Naas 15-10.

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Gary Conway to referee at World Rugby U20 Championship

Great news for Leinster refereeing. Gary Conway has been appointed to officiate at the World Rugby U20 Championship. The tournament which runs from 2-20 June, 2015 in northern Italy sees England returning to defend their crown which they retained in June in New Zealand after winning the tournament for the first time in 2013.

Blackrock College v Clongowes Wood College - Beauchamps Leinster Schools Senior Cup Final

Gary who was Leinster Referee of the Year for the 2013/14 has made himself a regular on the Guinness Pro 12 circuit with some excellent performances. He will referee his 12th game in the Pro 12 this weekend. Gary is a member of New Ross RFC.

We send our congratulations to Gary and wish him well for the tournament.

Lifetime ban for ref attackers in South Africa

SARU president Oregan Hoskins has applauded the life bans handed down to three players for physically assaulting a referee.

The Fort Beaufort Barbarians Rugby Clubm trio – Edmund Gunn, Clayton Bantom and Hyron Burgess – were found guilty of assaulting referee, Llewellyn Loots, at a pre-season tournament in the Eastern Cape town of Bedford on 28 February and were sentenced by an Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) disciplinary committee.

The Fort Beaufort Barbarians Rugby Club was also suspended from all rugby activities for the rest of the year by the committee. They were found guilty of bringing the EPRU into disrepute by failing to ensure the safety of the match official and by not assisting the union in identifying other players believed to have been a party to the assault.

“I applaud the EPRU for taking a zero tolerance approach to referee abuse,” said Mr Hoskins.

“It is totally unacceptable – a message that we have made loud and clear and one that the Unions have confirmed with a number of life bans that have been handed out.

“We have to change the culture where referees seem to be perceived as ‘fair game’ for verbal or even physical assaults.

“Eastern Province has sent a very clear message to their clubs that they will not stand for it and I hope that message is heard across the country.”

Hoskins said that the suspension of the players’ club until 2016 was also significant.

“Clubs have a responsibility to ensure that match officials are made welcome and respected in the performance of their duties: that failed to happen in this case and clubs must understand that they are the organisations bets placed to cure this disease,” he added.

“Club leaderships should also set an example of zero tolerance and if they fail to do so, we would urge Unions to act as the EPRU and punish those who fail to live up to their responsibilities.”

Hoskins said that physical abuse of referees was regarded as the most serious offence a player or official could commit. World Rugby’s schedule of recommended sanctions sets the “entry-level” punishment for physical abuse of a referee at a six-month ban, rising to a life ban.

“There can be no sympathy for those who attack referees,” said Hoskins.

“There is absolutely no reason why anyone involved should lay a finger on a referee – least of all in a club game. If it does not happen in the most pressured environment of Test or Vodacom Super Rugby, why should it happen on a Saturday afternoon at a club game?”