Irish Referees in Action this Weekend

Amlin Challenge Cup semi-finals

Toulon vs Stade Français at Stade Félix Mayol, Toulon

Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Assistant referees: John Lacey (Ireland), Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
5th Official: Kevin Beggs (Ireland)

Biarritz vs Brive at Parc des Sports Aguiléra, Biarritz
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Greg Garner (England), Simon McDowell (Ireland)

Fitness Training Update

We are pleased to be offering the second phase of the Referee Fitness training starting Monday 30th April over the summer months. This is a great opportunity to train with your colleagues and be pushed to the best of your ability.

Days: Mondays and Wednesdays
Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Thornfield, UCD (Park in Car Park opp 68, Pitch is up past no9 on map (to the left) Map
Date: Starts Monday 30th April

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Help Sergio – Charity Boxing starring Brian MacNeice

Fellow referee Brian MacNeice has agreed to take part in a Charity White Collar Boxing event to raise funds for the Help Sergio Fund. Sergio O’Connor is a very brave one year old twin boy that is suffering from a very rare condition which prevents him from eating, drinking or swallowing. For more information about little Sergio and his appeal fund visit

This provides you with a unique opportunity – you can pay for the privilege of getting Brian into a boxing ring to be pummelled by an opponent! At present he is being trained by Olympic Gold Medallist, Michael Carruth who is putting him through his paces and preparing him for fight night which will be on Friday 11th May. However, under the terms of his contract negotiated by his boxing agent (Mrs MacNeice) he is not allowed enter the ring unless he raises sufficient sponsorship funds to make it worthwhile. This is where the Leinster Referees come in. You have the double incentive of helping to raise money for the inspirational Sergio whilst at the same time condemning Brian to a beating. How can you resist?

If you wish to sponsor Brian and ensure that he has to fight on May 11th then please send him an email with your donation amount to brian.macneice[at] He will make an arrangement to collect the donated sum in advance of fight night.

IRFU Tag Workshop Dates announced

The IRFU will host Tag referee workshops at various locations over the next few weeks of April and May. Starting on Monday April 16, the IRFU Tag referee workshops will take place at key regional venues in Leinster.

Referees/Captains Workshops 2012
(commencing at 7.30pm)

Monday, April 16 – Dublin South – Old Belvedere RFC
Wednesday, April 25 – Dublin South – St. Mary’s College RFC  (TBC)
Thursday, May 3 – Dublin North – Suttonians RFC
Tuesday, May 22 – Naas – Naas RFC

Expenses Claims

All claims for this season must be with the Hon. Treasurer before the middle of May. Those claims received after May will not be paid, other than for referees who have matches in May. You have been warned.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Leinster Rugby Referees will take place on

Wednesday 25th April

St Mary’s College RFC


IRFU Summer Workshops – Touch Rugby

Preparations for the IRFU’s Summer activities are well under way. Along with the well established Tag Rugby programme, Volkswagen Tag, The IRFU will be introducing a new sport, Touch Rugby, to Dublin. This game is played along similar lines to Tag Rugby with a ‘tackle’ made by touching the ball carrier rather than pulling a tag. As with Tag Rugby the participation of referees is crucial to the success of the events. Touch is an ideal way to keep active and fit during the Summer months.

There will be a referee workshop ‘Introduction to Touch Refereeing’ on Wednesday next, 11th April at 7pm in St. Marys College RFC, Templeville Road.

The contact person for Touch referees is Peter Fitzgibbon (IRFU Leisure Rugby Referee Officer). He can be contacted at . Peter will also be in attendance next Wednesday.