A team of ARLB members, made up of Sean Gallagher (Navan RFC) officiating as AR1, Helen O’Reilly (Ashbourne Rugby Club) as AR2, and Kevin Beggs also of Ashbourne acting as TMO in Stade Jean Bouin, Paris. It was probably the first time that the officials supporting the referee were all originally from North East Area clubs officiating at an EPCR match together. The match was Stade Francais v Edinburgh and was in Stade Jean Bouin, Paris. The referee was also from IrishRugby and was Dudley Phillips.
It was a very hard match with round four of EPCR games often difficult as they are they second leg of a back to back fixture. There was six TMO calls to make so a busy night all round but Dudley and Kevin probably just liked to have a chat during the game!!
Well to done one and all and it shows that there is a great career in refereeing! Do not be shy and keep involved in refereeing and get to see the many great places around the world
At the start of the current season the IRFU Referees Department placed a renewed focus on existing foul play laws to remove illegal and dangerous collision based contact from domestic competitions in Ireland.
RefSMART explains the focus that referees will place on removing dangerous play from the game. The video on this
page illustrates illegal and dangerous tackles that will be sanctioned by Referees in Irish Domestic Rugby.
ILLEGAL TACKLE ACTIONS
All tacklers must attempt to grasp the ball carrier
shoulder-only tackle or shoulder-first tackle where there is a late or no attempt to grasp ball carrier and stiff-arm tackles are not permitted and will be sanctioned
aim is to reduce the risk of injury by removing these dangerous and illegal tackle situations from the game
1) All tackles must attempt to grasp opponents when executing a tackle
2) shoulder-only, shoulder-first and stiffarm tackle not permitted
3) Also continue to be a strong focus on high tackles, lift tackles and tackles in the air
The Metro Referees were delighted to welcome Marius van der Westhuizen to their meeting on Tuesday night. Marius was in Dublin to take charge of the Ireland v Canada game. It was great to have Marius at the meeting and he answered some questions in a thought provoking way. For instance, when asked about maintaining concentration on the pitch, he talked about just focusing on the “next good decision” and not getting caught up in what had gone before.
When his training schedule allows, he still seeks out, and looks forward to, refereeing U 13 matches, which he treats with the same respect as a test match. “For the players, it is every bit as important as a test match is to the test players.” He also uses U-13 matches to consciously work on minor tweaks to his own game, and experiment a bit, since the speed of top level rugby does not allow the time to do so.
The next Metro area meeting is Tuesday Dec 6th in Clontarf Football Club (by kind permission). Last month’s meeting in Old Wesley had a record attendance of 48 people, so thank you to those you were able to attend, this month I would like to hit the 50 mark, so please do make the time to attend be you a referee or an assessor as it is very important for your game / assessments to attend to hear and learn about relevant topics for the season.
7:30 – 7:45 – Registration
7:45 – 7:50 – Welcome (Tom)
7:50 – 8:30 – David O’Brien and Dudley Phillips
8:30 – 8:40 – Kevin Beggs (Talking about all things related to IRFU Tag in 2017)
8:40 – 8:50 – Q&A
8:50 – 9:00 – Tom meeting up with Trialists.