Leinster Match Program – Article 5


This article appeared in the Dragons Matchday Program

It was with great sadness that the learnt of the passing of our refereeing colleague, Damian Poder, on November 13th. It is always a difficult time when a member of our refereeing family passes away, and that Monday was no different. Damian was diagnosed with bladder cancer in October 2016. He underwent an 11 week period in hospital where he had extensive operations to remove the cancer. Sadly another tumor was found and more operations ensued. Damian battled them all with a smile, his sense of humor and good grace.

Damian was an avid sports fan, his two main loves being cricket and rugby. He was a member of Merrion cricket club since he arrived in Ireland from Australia in 1996. He played on the firsts and was club captain for 3 years running. He was also a member of our refereeing family for a number of years and everyone who met him benefited greatly from his presence. He had the perfect personality for refereeing and he will be greatly missed by us all. On behalf of all members of the ARLB our President Conor Byrne and the executive extend their deepest sympathies to his wife Ailish and son Cian. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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IRFU Age Grade Regulations

IRFU Age Grade Regulations

Please find above the current age grade variations. Cloud you destroy previous versions.  Laminate the attached and keep in your gear bag please.

The IRFU issue the Game Regulation Variations for Youth & Schools Rugby. The attached document lists all the variations for this season.

Anything that is not denoted in the attachment is as per the Adult Game Laws.


Metro Area Meeting

Old Wesley Rugby Football Club, by kind permission

Dec 11th 2017

KO 7:30pm.

At this meeting there will be an election to fill the Metro Area Rep position being vacated by Tom D Keating.

If any of you wish to put your name forward for election at this meeting, could you please email Tom Keating at tomdkeating@mac.com by 11:59pm on Wednesday 29th of November informing me of your intentions to seek election. 

Leinster Match Program – Article 4

A warm welcome to the RDS to todays team of referees – Wayne Barnes , local boy JP Doyle (Eng), Paul Dix (Eng) and Graham Hughes (Eng).

So what is it like starting out as a referee? Learning to referee rugby games is largely a trial by fire process. On the field there is only one referee (although there may be a few on the sidelines), that referee cannot change a decision once made, and no-one else can help you (although they can complain.)

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Damian Poder RIP

It is with deep sadness we report the passing of our refereeing colleague Damian Poder, after a long illness. On behalf of all members of the ARLB our President Conor Byrne and the executive extend their deepest sympathies to his wife Ailish and son Cian.

May he rest in peace.

PODER Damian (Dublin and formerly Sydney, Australia) 13th November 2017, after a long illness borne with extraordinary courage, resilience and good humour, in the wonderful care of all the staff of St Anne’s Ward, St Vincent’s University Hospital. Beloved wife of Ailish (Kavanagh) and much loved dad of Cian. He will be greatly missed by his family, his father Allan, sister Cheryl-Anne and brother Brendan, niece Amber and all his relatives and friends both in Ireland and Australia and especially those at Merrion Cricket Club.


Reposing at Ailish’s family home in Rathmines on Wednesday, (15th November) from 5.00 until 7.00pm. Removal on Thursday morning (16th November) to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook arriving at 10.50am for Funeral Mass at 11.00am, followed by cremation in Mount Jerome, Harold’s Cross. No flowers please.

Metro Area Meeting

The next metro meeting will be held as follows:

Monkstown F.C. (by kind permission)
on the 13th November
starting at 7:30pm
and running to 9:00pm.

Tom Keating will be stepping down as the Metro Area rep this month.

He would request that as many of you attend this meeting for this important election but also to listen to David O’Brien’s talk which will follow the election.

Tom Colton has put his hand up as Toms replacement. Other volunteers for the role are welcome.  Please contact Tom Keating.

Leinster Match Program – Article 3

Welcome to another high quality edition of referees corner and of course one of the great clashes in modern rugby – Leinster v Munster. Welcome to Ben Whitehouse from the Welsh Rugby Union. Ben is of course the son of South Wales policeman Nigel Whitehouse, a well-known referee, who was involved in 19 tests before retiring from international level in 2007. Ben made his Pro 14 Debut in 2014 when he took charge of Connacht v Zebre.

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Leinster Match Program – Article 2

The new season kicked off on the golf course rather than the rugby pitch. On August 31st we held the combined Leinster Rugby / Leinster Rugby Referees golf outing in Milltown Golf Club. A cracking day was had by all, and the weather played its part too with a beautiful sunny day. We had 21 members and 4 guests playing in Milltown GC.

The Brindley Cup was won by Brendan Lynch with 38 points and followed closely by Mark Gargan (37 points), Peter Donnelly (33) and Bryan O’Neill (31). It is not Brendan’s first time lifting the trophy and he played some magnificent golf.  David Bolger with 34 points won the Jim Dolan Memorial Plate for the best placed active member of the ARLB. Our appreciation is due to Simon ‘Nigel’ Owens who arranged the outing in conjunction with the Leinster Branch’s own competition. Conor Byrne in his presidential speech thanked all for attending and appealed to other members to support the event in the future.

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