International Match officials to September 29

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The match officials for what is a busy week of action have been announced, with Jérôme Garcès in the middle at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.

Rugby Championship

South Africa vs Australia at Newlands
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Pascal Gauzère (France)
Television match official: Graham Hughes (England)
Timekeeper: Albert Mocke (South Africa)
Assessor: Lyndon Bray

Argentina vs New Zealand at Estadio Ciudad De La Plata, La Plata
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Leighton Hodges (Wales)
Television match official: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)
Assessor: Donal Courtney

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Edinburgh vs Scarlets at Murrayfield
Referee: David Wilkinson (Ireland)

Leinster vs Cardiff Blues at Royal Dublin Society
Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Assistant referees: Mark Patton (Ireland), Barrie O’Connell (Ireland)
Television match official: Alan Rogan (Ireland)
Assessor: Michael Carroll (Ireland)
Citing Commissioner: Murray Whyte (Ireland)

Ulster vs Benetton Treviso at Ravenhill Stadium
Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)
Assistant referees: Kieran Barry (Ireland), Brian Macneice (Ireland)
Television match official: Marshall Kilgore (Ireland)
Assessor: Jack Young (Ireland)

Zebre vs Glasgow Warriors at Stadio XXV Aprile, Parma
Referee: Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Matteo Liperini (Italy), Fabrizio Bertelli (Italy)
Television match official: Alan Falzone (Italy)
Timekeeper: Giovanni Morandin (Italy)
Assessor: Fabrizio Zucchi (Italy)
Citing Commissioner: Marco Cordelli (Italy)

Connacht vs Ospreys at Sportsground
Referee: Andrew McMenemy (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Leo Colgan (Ireland), Dave O’Flynn (Ireland)
Assessor: Bertie Smith (Ireland)

Munster vs Dragons
Referee: Neil Paterson (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Sean Gallagher (Ireland), Gary Glennon (Ireland)
Television match official: Jude Quinn (Ireland)
Assessor: Jack Sheehan (Ireland)

Rolland to retire at end of season

Experienced IRFU and Leinster international referee Alain Rolland has announced that he will retire at the end of the current season.

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Speaking today, Alain Rolland said: “The first thing to say is that now I have decided that this will be my last season, I can turn my complete focus to continuing to enjoy my refereeing as much as ever and performing to the best of my ability.
“I have had an incredible journey and over the summer, I have thought long and hard about this – I have discussed it fully with my family and with (the IRFU’s) Owen Doyle, and it just really feels that I am making the right call.

Continue reading Rolland to retire at end of season

Safety Video – Concussion

Please find a video link from the IRFU Referees Department below outlining how the referee deals with injury including concussion with specific reference to Law 3.9.

The video can be found here

It is important that all are aware of these issues and of the responsibility and authority of the referee in such circumstances.

That red card: SA v NZ discussion Here

We look at the two sanctionary cards against Bismarck du Plessis in the match between New Zealand and South Africa at Eden Park on Saturday.

Sports differ because the rules/laws differ. Those rules/laws are the playing constitution of the sport, what makes each sport distinctive. That is why the rules/laws are sacrosanct. That’s why there are penalties for breaking them and especially harsh penalties for players who deliberately break them in a serious way.

Rugby football, which is a unique sport with its unique set of laws, is to be played according to those laws and match officials and players are required to act in accordance with those laws. When a player plays outside of them, the match official must act. If a player plays within the laws, the officials are not required to act, unless there is a score.

On Saturday at Eden Park in Auckland Bismarck du Plessis received two yellow cards. The referee believed that his actions were serious enough to punish him in a serious fashion. Let’s look at some aspects of the sanctions of Du Plessis.

Continue reading That red card: SA v NZ discussion Here

Positioning Workshop

Tuesday, 17th September

St Mary’s College RFC

KO 7.30pm


Presenter Dave McHugh (IRFU)


The intention is to have a mix of indoor discussion followed by on-pitch demonstration

This is an ideal opportunity for referees and assessors alike to both gain the necessary knowledge of positioning and also to ‘be on the same page’ in relation to assessment discussions / reports.

Be prepared for the new season

Whether it’s an U13 schools game or an AIL club fixture, it’s up to the referee to treat every game with the seriousness it deserves. After all, the players and coaches have been training all week to give their best. Make sure you’ve done all your prep too.

Before you leave home
Make sure you’re properly prepared for all eventualities before you leave home to
ensure that you start a game on the right foot. Packing your kit bag in an organised
and methodical way is critical to getting off to a good start. Are your togs clean? Do you
have an extra jersey in case of a colour clash with one of the teams, or extra bootlaces
in case one breaks? Have you packed an extra whistle, a coin for tossing and a flag
if you’re running touch later? Do you know where the field is and have you given yourself
enough time to get there? Are you dressed appropriately?
Continue reading Be prepared for the new season

Scrum Law Trials

Please find a presentation on the new scrum law trials ScrumLawTrials2013 This is also available in the Resources – Presentations Section

Annual Golf Outing

The annual golf outing took place last Friday in Woodbrook Golf Club.

The course was in excellent condition and the sun shone for the most part. Ciaran McGowan took home the winners prize for the second year in a row whilst Phil Smith took home the mugs cup. The active referees prize went to Donal Brady while Clive Connolly took home the visitors prize. Many thanks to Simon Owens and the admin committee for organising a great event.

Photos from the prize giving can be seen on the Facebook page.

IRB Confirms TMO Big Screen Protocol Change

The International Rugby Board Executive Committee has approved a modification to the television match official (TMO) protocol, which will see the referee have the power to make his own calls from the in-stadium big screen at the match venues.

Up until now, the referee has been permitted to make only foul play decisions based on his viewing of the big screen whereas from now on the referee will be permitted to make all decisions relating to the current TMO protocol in that way.
The recommendation was made by a meeting of the IRB’s Law Review Group in London last week.

The TMO remains in place but provides the back-up for all decisions as and when the referee is unable to make a relevant decision from the big screen – such as when the screen is obscured, of poor quality or environmental conditions (sunlight, etc.) make it difficult to read.

The process change does not in any way alter what the referee can refer to the TMO and, therefore, there will be no difference to the decisions made via the technology.

The amended protocol has been communicated to Unions and is now effective in all competitions with big screen access, including the Rugby Championship.

Experimental Scrum Laws Session

Dave O’Brien (IRFU) will hold a session on the Experimental Scrum Laws as follows:

• Date: Thursday next, 5th September
• Kick-off: 7.30pm (now confirmed)
• Venue: Leinster Branch Offices (now confirmed)

This is your last chance to attend such a session and thereby qualify for selection during the coming season.