1 Day To Go: Leinster Rugby Referees at the World Cup

So how many Leinster Rugby Referees have refereed at the Rugby World Cup?

Sadly this is the third rugby World Cup where we have had no representation 1995 and 1999 being the other two, although Alain Rolland is working with the officials at this World Cup.

Representation at 5 World Cups however is something to be proud of for a small club in the East of Ireland.

So who has represented us and when?

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Leinster Match Program – Article 1

After a busy season the summer break was a welcome relief. At the end of last season Wayne Sheridan of Old Wesley RFC was elected President of the Leinster Rugby Referees. Wayne, a current active citing commissioner on the PRO 12 and European circuit is a former IRFU National Panel referee and father to Glenn who is currently on the National Panel (albeit in Connacht, but we won’t hold that against him). Wayne addressed the referees AGM after his election saying :

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3 Days To Go: It’s official: It wasn’t a penalty try!

With the best will in the world no referee, not even those held in the highest regard, are able to please everybody. With two sets of supporters comes two differing, often one-eyed, viewpoints and the final of Rugby World Cup 1991 is a class case in point.

Derek Bevan, one of the finest whistle-blowers of his generation, became Wales’ best-known rugby referee since Clive Norling when he officiated in the Twickenham showpiece between England and Australia.

One try from Tony Daly and eight points from the boot of Michael Lynagh to two penalties from Jon Webb saw Australia win the second lowest-scoring World Cup final 12-6, and become the second team after New Zealand to lift the Webb Ellis Cup.

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Metro Meeting

The first Metro Area Meeting is on

1.Thursday 17th September

  1. Venue Old Wesley RFC,
  1. KO is at 7:30.

Agenda

7:30 – 7:45 : Sign-in / Registration – Tea/Coffee (biscuits too!)

7:45 – 8:00 : Welcome (Tom)

8:00 – 8:40 : Presentation (David O’Brien)

8:40 – 9:00 : Q&A

9:00 – 9:10 : New Referees – (Meet with Tom)

 

October Metro Area Meeting is Thursday 22nd October, venue is TBD.

4 Days To Go: Final a great but scary moment for Watson

South African Andre Watson talks us through the first of his two appearances on the game’s biggest stage.

The Queen found herself handing over the Webb Ellis Cup to an Australia captain for the second time in a decade when the Wallabies beat France 35-12 to win Rugby World Cup 1999 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
 

However, John Eales wasn’t the only figure to get the royal seal of approval in the Welsh capital that day, as match referee Andre Watson explains.

“I was given a trophy by royalty after the game and I also remember the Queen saying, ‘I don’t know how you guys do it’, because there was a lot of whistles and boos when I was called forward!” Watson recalled in an interview with World Rugby TV.

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