Ultan Daly – 20 years a groundskeeping

Congratulations to Ultan Daly on an amazing 20 years in Leinster Rugby. Many of us cross paths with Ultan, mainly in Donnybrook or the RDS before, during and after matches. He always receives referees with a friendly hello and a smile and he is always willing to give a hand when needed. He of course keeps both places immaculate and does a lot of work behind the scenes for the referees, especially when a large delivery of kit is coming from Canterbury. So thank you Ultan and congratulations on this great milestone.

Leinster Match Program – Article 3

This article appeared in the Munster match day program.

Contributed by Mr Denis Collins.

Brothers In Arms –  The Seapoint Duo

Over the last 15 years many rugby players, coaches and spectators would have come across one of the Montayne brothers visiting their club to referee a match. Often they are even mixed up for one another. Brian & John Montayne have been refereeing in Ireland for over 15 years officiating at all levels of the game both within Leinster and at a national level. Between them they have officiated in over 500 fixtures including competitions such as the Womens 6 Nations, Schools/Youth Inter Provincials, Heineken Cup, British & Irish Cup, Pro12, All Ireland League, Leinster Schools Cup, Leinster Senior Cup, Metropolitan Cup, Provincial Towns Cup to name but a few.


This may seem not that unusual but in itself they have created some history. Both members of Seapoint Rubgy Club (a Junior club at the time) were appointed to the National Panel of the IRFU, the first ever set of brothers in Ireland to have been appointed with such honours. For a Junior club this was a great achievement not only to have one but two members refereeing at Senior level in the country. It wasn’t long after when Seapoint themselves attained Senior status.

Brian, a Senior ESB engineer  and John, a Senior lecturer at the Institute of Art, Design & Technology come from a long line of Seapoint members involved with the ARLB including Jim Breen, a former president, Denis Collins, administrator of ARLB and David McDonald the current president of the ARLB.

We put some question to both Brothers about their time refereeing and what it meant to them to have been both involved.

Continue reading Leinster Match Program – Article 3

European Appointments

European Challenge Cup

Bath Rugby v  Bristol     
Thursday 20/10/16
TMO      Kevin Beggs

Worcester v Brive
Saturday 22/10/16
Referee               Gary Conway

Lyon v   Ospreys
Saturday 22/10/16
Sub Referee       Nigel Correll
Touch Judge       John Carvill
TMO      Brian MacNeice

Gloucester Rugby   v Treviso
Saturday 22/10/16
Referee               Dudley Phillips
Sub Referee       Paul Haycock

European Rugby Round 1 Match Officials

Champions Cup

Leinster Rugby v Castres Olympique
Matthew Carley (England)

RC Toulon v Saracens
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
AR2: Paul Haycock (Ireland)

Exeter vs Clermont
@ Sandy Park
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
AR2: John Carvill (Ireland)
TMO: Brian McNeice (Ireland)

Challenge Cup

Grenoble vs Lyon
@ Stade des Alpes
Referee: Dudley Philips (Ireland)
AR1: Nigel Correll (Ireland)

Bayonne vs Gloucester
@ Stade Jean-Dauger
Referee: Gary Conway (Ireland)


World Rugby announces match officials for November internationals

World Rugby has announced the match officials for the November internationals.

Dudley Phillips will be AR2 for Italy v New Zealand on November 12th with Nigel Owens (WRU) in the middle, in Rome. Gary Conway will be AR2 on the same day for Romania v USA with Paul Williams (NZRU)  in the middle, in Bucharest.

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

Gary Conway will also be AR2 for Romania v Canada a week later with Shuhei Kubo (JRFU) in the middle, in Bucharest and on November 25th he will be AR2 for Samoa v Canada with Luke Pearce (RFU)  in the middle in Grenoble.

Dudley Philips will be AR2 for France v New Zealand on November 26th in Paris with Wayne Barnes (RFU) in the middle.


The following referees have been appointed to the Ireland games:

Ireland v Canada – Marius Van Der Westhuizen (SARU)

Ireland v New Zealand – Jaco Peyper (SARU)

Ireland v Australia – Jérôme Garcès (FFR)

We wish Dudley and Gary the very best of luck in their games. All appointments can be found on the World Rugby website 

Helen O’Reilly Appointed to Ref in the Southern Hemisphere

Helen O’Reilly’s has been appointment to officiate between New Zealand and Australia in women autumn series down under.

Helen has continued to build on her reputation as a quality referee and we wish her the very best of luck.

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 would hope that this would encourage others, both women and men, to take up the whistle and follow in her footsteps.

Well done Helen and we hope you have a great game.

Reminder: Law 4.2 Wearing of Headscarf

Just to advise that headscarves are now permitted under Law 4.2 Special Additional Items for Women.

Law 4.2 (c) Headscarves, providing they do not cause a danger to the wearer or other players and do not contravene Regulation 12. 

Key points for referees:

  • For safety and to help avoid accidental removal, the headscarf should be tucked inside the collar of the wearers jersey.
  • The face must not be covered to aid recognition of suspected concussion.
  • The headscarf must not have any sharp or abrasive components, Law 4.4 (b).
  • Should headscarf become contaminated with blood it must be removed / replaced, Law 4.4 (a) & Law 4.6.
  • Jewellery must not be worn underneath headscarf, Law 4.4 (d).
  • “Scrum caps”, if worn, must be worn externally to headscarf.
  • Inspection of players clothing is covered in Law 4.5.
  • Grabbing / Pulling of the headscarf should be managed / sanctioned as a high tackle, Law 10.4 (e).

ARLB Pre Match Guidelines

This is the start of monthly communications from the Rugby Department assisting referees to portray a more consistent and professional approach.

Please have a read of the ARLB Pre Match Guidelines document

This is also available in the documents page.