Weekend Match Officials

Six Nations

Scotland v Italy at Murrayfield
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Romain Poite (France), Leighton Hodges (Wales)
Television match official: Graham Hughes (England)
Assessor: Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)

France v Wales at Stade de France
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: JP Doyle (England), Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Television match official: Simon McDowell (Ireland)
Assessor: Clayton Thomas (Wales)

Ireland v England at Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jérôme Garcès (France), Mathieu Raynal (France)
Television match official: tba
Timekeeper: Alan Rogan (Ireland)
Assessor: Donal Courtney (Ireland)

Womens Six Nations

Scotland v Italy at Broadwood Stadium
Referee: Helen O’Reilly  (Ireland)

U20 Six Nations

Scotland v Italy
Referee: Sean Gallagher (Ireland)

Pro 12

Zebre v Newport Gwent Dragons at Stadio XXV Aprile
Referee: Gary Conway (Ireland)
Assistant referees: tbc
Television match official: tbc
Timekeeper: Matteo Renzi (Italy)

Ospreys v Leinster at Liberty Stadium
Referee: Johnny Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Craig Evans (Wales), Chris Williams (Wales)
Television match official: Derek Bevan (Wales)

Ulster v Scarlets
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
Assistant referees: Barry Kieran (Ireland), Dermot Blake (Ireland)
Television match official: Marshall Kilgore (Ireland)
Assessor: Bertie Smith (Ireland)

Cardiff Blues v Edinburgh at Cardiff Arms Park
Referee: Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Neil Hennessy (Wales), Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
Television match official: Gareth Simmonds (Wales)

Munster v Glasgow Warriors
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Mark Patton (Ireland), John Carvill (Ireland)
Television match official: Dermot Moloney (Ireland)
Assessor: John Sheehan (Ireland)

 

 

Leinster Match Program – Article 12

This article appeared in the Zebre Match Program

 

With the Six Nations in full swing, we are delighted to have two referees involved in the tournament. Dudley Phillips ran the line for Glen Jackson (NZRFU) during the Scotland v Wales game in Murrayfield last Sunday. Helen O’Reilly has been appointed to two games – Scotland v Italy on March 1st and England v Scotland on March 13th. Well done to both referees, proudly flying the Leinster Referee flag in Europe.

Terenure College v Blackrock College - Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup 1st Round

The Leinster Schools Senior cup moved into the quarter final stages last week. Congratulations to Barry O’Keeffe, Sean Gallagher, Paul Haycock and Kevin Beggs on their appointments to the four games. The Schools Junior Cup quarter final fixtures will be played next week and appointments for those games will be made in due course.

 

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U19 Scrum Variations

A message from David O’Brien, IRFU.

It has come to my attention that in Leinster there may be a misinterpretation of the application of scrum law at adult level where U19 scrum law variations are applied.

Could you please inform all ARLB members as a matter of urgency that there must be no deviation from law 20.1 U19 Law Variation at every level where U19 Scrum Laws are applied.

I.e. should a team have to reduce numbers in the scrum the opposition must also reduce to keep equal numbers in the scrum.

I attach screen grab of U19 Law variation 20.1 and here is a link to the U19 Scrum Law Variations http://laws.worldrugby.org/?variation=1&law=20

Law 20.1 U19 Variation

Leinster Match Program – Article 11

This article appeared in the Dragons match day program.

Leinster Schools Cups – The Referees Favourite time of year.

The first thing most referees look forward to after the Christmas period is the Leinster Schools Senior and Junior Challenge Cups. The draw in December kicks this off, but it is the selection of referees that is greatly anticipated. Refereeing a schools cup game, be it in Donnybrook, the RDS, or any other club in Leinster is one of the highlights or any referees career. Not every referee gets to do one so being selected makes it a bit more special. Some referees may never have played to that level in schools, some may not have played rugby in schools at all and some are reliving past glories on the D4 pitch.  Whilst any schools cup game is special for the players, it is equally special for the referee. Some referees may never be lucky enough to referee a game in front of a big crowd again, others may never referee on TV again, so it is an opportunity to be cherished.

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Six Nations Appointments – Week 2

Six Nations

England vs Italy at Twickenham
Referee: Johnny Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Pascal Gauzère (France), Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)
Assessor: Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)

Ireland vs France at Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Leighton Hodges (Wales)
Television match official: Graham Hughes (England)
Timekeeper: Brian MacNeice (Ireland)
Assessor: Donal Courtney (Ireland)

Scotland vs Wales at Murrayfield
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: George Clancy (Ireland), Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
Television match official: Simon McDowell (Ireland)
Timekeeper: John McLaughlin (Scotland)
Assessor: Clayton Thomas (Wales)

Annual Dinner

Annual Dinner
Saturday 28th March,
Lansdowne FC
(Prices & speakers tbc asap)

Week 1 – Six Nations Match Officials

2015 Six Nations match officials:

Week 1

Wales v England 
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (FFR)
Assistant referees: Romain Poite (FFR) Mathieu Raynal (FFR) Simon McDowell (IRFU)

Italy v Ireland 
Referee: Pascal Gauzere (FFR)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (RFU) Stuart Berry (SARU) Graham Hughes (RFU)

France v Scotland 
Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (NZR) Mike Fraser (NZR) George Ayoub (ARU)

Leinster Match Program – Article 10

It has been a year for referees much as any other year – a year of highs and lows where the best they can hope for is no complaints from players on the field and no complaints from watchers off the field. A tough ask?

Referee abuse remains a universal problem for referees. Glen Jackson, once a great player and now a great referee, said that there was a difference between playing and refereeing, for you could make five mistakes as a player and then get cheered for doing something well. In refereeing you are jeered for doing something perceived to be wrong and after that nothing that you do can rehabilitate you in the eyes of the beholders.

Much of the abuse is a repeat of what commentators have to say, regardless of whether what they say is wrong. The result of poor regard for referees is dwindling numbers universally even though referees are now trained and compensated as never before in the history of the game. What they achieve with the complicated, frequently changing laws is amazing.

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