A bit of North East Refereeing History

Last weekend a little bit of history was made for Ashbourne Rugby Club, North East Rugby and Leinster Rugby Referees. A team of ARLB members, made up of Sean Gallagher (Navan RFC) officiating as AR1, Helen O'Reilly...

New Recruits Course 2017

We will be holding a new recruits course on Saturday 21st January in Terenure College. Anyone interested should make contact with me David O'Brien at david.obrien@irfu.ie . Why become a referee? Stay with the game as an alternative...

Mid Season Get Together

Looking for something in the New Year to shake off the post-Christmas blues???? We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a Mid-Season get together in Seapoint RC on Thursday 12th January 2017 at...

Ref Smart

At the start of the current season the IRFU Referees Department placed a renewed focus on existing foul play laws to remove illegal and dangerous collision based contact from domestic competitions in Ireland. RefSMART explains the...

Leinster Rugby Program – Article 6

The Metro Referees were delighted to welcome Marius van der Westhuizen to their meeting on Tuesday night. Marius was in Dublin to take charge of the Ireland v Canada game. It was great to have Marius at the meeting and he answered some questions in a thought provoking way.  For instance, when asked about maintaining concentration on the pitch, he talked about just focusing on the “next good decision” and not getting caught up in what had gone before.

When his training schedule allows, he still seeks out, and looks forward to, refereeing U 13 matches, which he treats with the same respect as a test match.  “For the players, it is every bit as important as a test match is to the test players.”  He also  uses U-13 matches to consciously work on minor tweaks to his own game, and experiment a bit, since the speed of top level rugby does not allow the time to do so.

Metro Area Meeting

  The next Metro area meeting is Tuesday Dec 6th in Clontarf Football Club (by kind permission). Last month’s meeting in Old Wesley had a record attendance of 48 people, so thank you to those you...