Conor Byrne elected as President of ARLB

Congratulations to Conor Byrne who has been elected as President of the Association of Referees Leinster Branch for the 2017/2018 season.








Bryan O’Neill was elected as Senior Vice President and Norman Carter elected as Junior Vice President.

Leinster Match Program – Article 13


Firstly good luck to our extensive team of 6 at the SCT Challenge Cup Final. Referee: Paul Haycock, Sub Referee: Barry O’Keeffe, Touch Judge: David Williams, No.4 : Barry Armstrong, No.5: Jonathon Geoghegan and TMO: John Carvill – at time of writing the game has yet to be played, but I am sure an great day will be had by all.

Annual Dinner

We regard our Annual Dinner as one of the main highlights of our year.  It is a celebration of  the 2016/17 season that, so far at least, has been highly successful for the ARLB.  That success is entirely due to our referees efforts, both on and off the pitch.  The Dinner is also where we get to meet up with the other members of OUR club and renew friendships that  are otherwise not easy to maintain.  We will also honour 3 deserving members of our Association with Awards.

This year, the Dinner  is taking place on Saturday April 1st, in Lansdowne FC, just a few hours after we watch Leinster play Wasps in the Quarter Final of the ERCC.  Amongst others, we will be joined by the President of the IRFU, former International Referee Stephen Hilditch, who is also an excellent speaker.  “Legendary” rugby player Ross O’Carroll Kelly will reply to the toast on behalf of the guests, which should be interesting!

On the night our annual awards are handed out. There are four main awards, one for lifetime achievement – the Ham Lambert Award (2015/16 Brendan Jenkinson  2014/15 Tony De Lacy, 2013/14 Brendan Lynch, 2012/13 Tom Aplin, 2011/12 Des McCabe, 2010/11 Des Flanagan, 2009/10 Declan McIlraith, 2008/09 Ned Cummins, 2007/08 David Bell, 2006/07 Joe O’Connor), one for referee of the year – the Harold Ardill Award (2015/16 Brendan Conroy 2014/15 Paddy Curran, 2013/14 Gary Conway, 2012/13 Barry Armstrong, 2011/12 Dan Wallace, 2010/11 David Bolger, 2009/10 Brendan McGovern, 2008/09 Tony Duncan, 2007/08 Kevin Laide, 2006/07 Stephen Kennedy, 2005/06 Norman Carter), one for Referee Performance of the Year – the Alain Rolland Award which was introduced last year (2015/16 Dermot Blake 2014/15 Helen O’Reilly ) and one for club of the year – the Terry Doyle Memorial Award (2015/16 Terenure College2014/15 St Mary’s College RFC, 2013/14 Lansdowne FC, 2012/13 Ashbourne RFC, 2011/12 Skerries RFC, 2010/11 Edenderry RFC, 2009/10 Malahide RFC, 2008/09 Ashbourne RFC, 2007/08 UCD RFC, 2006/07 Greystones RFC, 2005/06 Boyne RFC).

Scrum Down

From the beginning of this season an amendment to Law 8.3 has been in place which allows referees to play advantage at collapsed scrums, or when players have been forced upwards out of the scrum.  This law amendment is for the professional game only and does not apply in the domestic game. Referees in these matches, at all levels up to and including Ulster Bank League, should be applying Laws 20.3 (h) & (i), and should blow immediately if a scrum collapses or a player lifted upwards is forced upwards out of the scrum.

Tag Rugby

Well the 2017 Tag season is on the horizon and despite us still being in the throes of the Six Nations, the tag referee workshops have started with the first one being held in Belfast. Below is a list of the venue dates. The first venue open is Swords on 5th April and then Lansdowne on 12th April for their Spring league


Kevin Beggs would like to invite anyone interested in refereeing tag to get in contact with him at

There are a few law alterations this season which everyone needs to know about. There are also some tournaments coming up in the weeks ahead and it is important that all referees are fully conversant with the changes so that everyone is on the same page when making decisions.

Do you think you have you got what it takes to be a referee? The Leinster Referees always need more referees and opting to become one may be the best decision you’ve made for a long time. Feel free to make contact with the Leinster Rugby Referees at or contact by phone Denis Collins at 01-2235107 or David O’Brien at

If you are interested in becoming a referee get in contact with us through our facebook page, our website or through twitter @leinsterreferee.




New Recruits 2016/17 Season

Many congratulations to the following referees who passed their trials this year and were elected as full members of the ARLB.

  1. Paul Bosco Karugendo
  2. Phil Tran
  3. Matthew O’Driscoll
  4. Jack Halpin
  5. Joe Lyons
  6. Conor Power
  7. Nial O’Higgins
  8. David Neiland
  9. John O’Mahony
  10. Denis Brennan
  11. Paul Cullen
  12. John Cosgrove
  13. Shane Collins
  14. Calumn Povey
  15. Kenneth Dean
  16. Cian Ormond
  1. Colm Horton , Com. Ref
  2. Graham Hulsman , Com Ref

IRFU Golf Outing


Leinster is delighted to host this year’s Irish Referee’s Golf outing. It been a while since this event last visited our province so we want to ensure our visitors receive a warm reception and travel home with fond memories (and no cups!)

This competition is open to all referees, former refs, assessors, coaches and friends, and is one of the most important fixtures on the IRFU refs social calendar. It offers an opportunity to meet old friends and a chance to make new ones from other provinces. It might be worth mentioning the coincidence that all previous winners have gone on to enjoy successful All Ireland careers.

Venue: Killeen Golf Club, Straffan, Co Kildare.

Date:   August 11th, 13.00, Shotgun start

Hotel:   Osprey Hotel, Naas.

Cost:      Golf, Dinner and Hotel, based on sharing will be approx. €130 (TBC)

Numbers are limited and preference will be given to those who will be staying over for the meal and nightlife.

Please reply to to secure your place asap.

Annual Dinner 2017

Congratulations to our award winners at this years Annual Dinner:

Ham Lambert Award for Distinguished Service: Norman Camier

Harold Ardil Award for Referee of the Year:  Clive Wardrop

Alain Rolland Award for Referee Performance of the Year: Susan Carty

Club of the Year: Greystones RFC

Full gallery here


O’Reilly to officiate at World Cup

Congratulations to Helen O’Reilly who has been selected as an assistant referee for this year’s Womens Rugby World Cup to be held in Ireland.


6 August 2015; Referee Helen O’Reilly. Leinster Rugby Branch Referee Photos. Bective Rangers, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

We also extend our congratulations to former Leinster referee Sean Gallagher and to Munsters Joy Neville who have been selected on the referee panel for the same tournament.

Leinster Match Program – Article 12

This article appeared in the Scarlets PRO 12 Match Day Program

It is our busiest time of year with schools cup, towns cup and leagues coming to an end. The Leinster Schools Senior cup, sponsored by our own sponsors Bank of Ireland,  moved into the quarter final stages last week and there were a number of great games. The appointments were as follows:

Gonzaga v Roscrea – Brendan Cutriss

Clongowes v St Mary’s College – Cillian Hogan

Blackrock College v  Terenure College – Brian McNiece

Belvedere v St Michaels – Helen O’Reilly.

Well done to all referees on great performances. The cup now moves into the semi-final phase.  After defeating Roscrea in an 11-try thriller to qualify for their first ever Senior Cup semi-final, Gonzaga were the first team out of the hat. They were drawn against Blackrock College, the school with more Senior Cup titles to their name than any other.  This meant the two teams left were the holders, Belvedere College, and 2014 finalists, Clongowes Wood College.

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