Leinster Referees host foundation course in Old Belvedere…

The course presenters were David O’Brien (IRFU) and Gearoid Ferrick (Leinster Rugby Referees) which started at 10am and finished at 3.30pm. A total of 29 people attended and came from a large geographical spread and a varied age group.

Fran Nolan (President, Leinster Rugby Referees) welcomed everyone and hoped that they all would move into the referee ranks, he thanks the Leinster Branch and IRFU for all their help and support in the recruitment of referees. The course was divided into different modules starting with match preparation, the laws and interpretation of them to dealing with the game itself in the areas of tackle, scrum, lineout, ruck and maul. Continue reading Leinster Referees host foundation course in Old Belvedere…

Foundation Course

The next full foundation course will be held at Old Belvedere Rugby Club at 11.30am on Sunday the 16th of January – pass it on – perhaps you know someone who could be the next Alain Rolland or Alan Lewis?

Power added to Leinster Referee ranks…

North East Club, Skerries RFC, have a new member of the Leinster Rugby Referees…

Philip Mullins, a native of Skerries and former player, successfully passed his trial match and was recently elected as a full member of Leinster Rugby Referees. This continues a proud tradition for the North County Dublin seaside club who have produced a number of notable referees for the game over the years.

Speaking at a recent North East Area Meeting, Mark Power (Area Representative) congratulated Philip on his election and said that he was a worthy addition to the Referees in Leinster.

Philip was presented with his referee kit at the meeting and received a standing ovation from the attendees. He took up refereeing in his early thirties when he finished his playing career and following a Referee Foundation course with David Keane IRFU, Philip officiated at a number of youth and schools fixtures in the area to develop his refereeing skills and knowledge of the Laws.

Philip is married to Barbara and his other hobbies include hill-walking and keeping fit. Well done Philip and we look forward to seeing you blowing the whistle at the Heineken Cup final in a couple of years.

Annual Seminar Report

The Leinster Rugby Referees annual seminar took place on the 15th August in St Mary’s College RFC…

Fran Nolan (President, Association of Referees Leinster Branch) opened the seminar by welcoming everyone and thanked Michael Fanagan (Vice President, St Mary’s College RFC) for the use of their magnificent facilities. Michael replied by saying he was very honoured that the Referees had chosen Templeville Road as the venue for the seminar.

The M.C for the day G.P. Maher started proceedings by introducing the first speakers Leinster prop Stan Wright and IRFU referee Dudley Phillips who gave a talk on scrum protocol. It was very informative to listen to an international player and his insight into front row play, but he did not give away too many front row secrets! Stan added his south sea island charm and wit to the discussions which followed.

Dave McHugh (IRFU Referee Department) gave an update on all the law interpretations for this season. He stressed that consistency was very important in every aspect of today’s game and that referees have a part to play.

Karl Gilligan of KG Elite Performance gave an excellent presentation on Fitness, nutrition and injury prevention. This season a number of the top referees in Leinster will avail of Karl’s programme and the association’s international referees Alain Rolland and Alan Lewis have benefited from Karl’s programme.

Michael Carroll (Chairman of the Rugby Committee) gave an update on the new management and administration structure in place for the Leinster Rugby Referees and it is hoped that the knowledge from members in their own professions will be put to use within the organisation

The afternoon session started with a talk by IRFU referee Kevin Beggs on one of the most talked-about incidents on a rugby pitch the use of red and yellow cards and the procedure that follows after the game is over, which is the report writing and the disciplinary hearing.

Brendan Jenkinson (Chairman of Senior selection) gave an update on the grading structure which to lay people is the different levels at which referees can officiate at.

Leinster Rugby Referees President Fran Nolan (Greystones RFC) presented tankards to referees who had officiated at their first finals last season.

To finish the seminar one of the best referees to have ever officiated on the international stage Brian Stirling from the Ulster Society of Rugby Football Referees told stories of different experiences he had encountered during his career from players to coaches. He encouraged young referees to listen to advice given from senior referees. He said that no matter what level you referee at it is all much appreciated and that it matters at grassroots levels as well as the international stage and the same enjoyment should be derived from it.