On Sunday the IRFU ran a Festival for 32 teams at Lansdowne Road and invited ARLB to supply Referees – 8 attended and blew their whistle including the President Wayne Sheridan. Wayne is the only current President of the ARLB to referee on main Pitch in the Aviva and possibly Lansdowne Road.
Back Row (L to R), David Jenkins, Eamon Timmins, President Sheridan, George Clare, John Flynn
Front (L to R), Ultan Ryan, Trevor McHugh, Paddy Curran
The Leinster Rugby Referees season is back in full swing after the summer break. The season kicked off with our annual seminar on August 16th in Old Wesley RFC. 175 plus referees attended the day, one of our largest attendances to date showing the increase popularity in refereeing within Leinster and the excellent work done by the IRFU Recruitment officers and area representatives. Wayne Sheridan, President of the Leinster Rugby Referees, and Old Wesley member opened proceedings, welcoming the referees to another season and wishing them well. We were delighted to welcome David O’Brien to our meeting who conducted the pre-Season presentation and the key points and focus areas for referees this season. They include Rugby Values – Players appealing for decisions, playing acting, diving or displaying un-sportsmanike behaviour must be sanctioned / managed. Players exaggerating an offence may have that penalty reversed and simulation should be penalised as a minimum. These facets are something we have seen throughout the rugby world cup. A full list can be found on our website www.arlb.ie
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 :