Leinster Match Program – Article 7

2013 A Year Refereeing.
This article appeared in the Ulster match program.

2013 Started off with a bang. Helen O’Reilly was selected to referee two games in the RBS Women’s 6 Nations (England V Italy, France V Scotland). International debut, Ireland v Spain, done in January and she has gone from strength to strength. Helen, 36, works as a Civil Servant and lives in Ashbourne, Co. Meath. She is a member of Ashbourne Rugby Football Club and joined the Leinster Rugby Referees in 2011. Since joining she has quickly moved through the ranks and regularly officiates at Junior 1 and Senior Level across the province. She is going to have a great 2014.

We were very pleased to advise that the IRFU Referee Committee added Dudley Philips to the IRFU Level 1 Contracted Group, with immediate effect in January. This very well merited promotion was the result of consistent appointments and quality performance levels in European competitions. Jim Breen, President of the Leinster Rugby Referees congratulated Dudley saying that it is “Great news and great to see him move onwards and upwards!.” Dudley has had a great 2013 refereeing and touch judging internationally. He also managed to stop a 30 man brawl in Georgia.
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General Members Workshop

General Members Workshop
Thursday 6th February
Clondalkin RFC
Time: 19:30

Calling all Leinster Rugby Referees! We will be having a General Members Meeting on Thursday 6th Feb in Clondalkin RFC. We will be discussing the following:

a) Touch judging – the fundamentals
b) Grading
c) Match control

This will be a good opportunity to have any Grading questions answered – everybody will be receiving their Grading via email over the next few days

As we don’t have many General meetings throughout the year we are hoping that as many members as possible will make the effort to turn out. There will be finger food and refreshments provided on the evening.

Looking forward to seeing you all…..

Yes 9 Call – Example

Please note that “yes 9” to the scrum half, to throw the ball in, will no longer be verbalised, as announced.

When the scrum is square and steady, the referee will now signal or tap the scrum half to indicate that the ball must be fed. (Obviously signal/ tap will depend on the position of the referee.)

Please see attached example, of how the referee will now indicate. This is effective immediately.

Clips-please download from this link


No ‘9’

The International Rugby Board has announced another experimental change to the scrum engagement laws with the axing of the ‘yes nine’ call.

The IRB has been trying a number of different methods to improve scrums.

In the latest change, which comes into immediate effect in this weekend’s Heineken and Amlin Challenge Cup matches, referees will no longer say “yes nine” to the scrum-half. Instead, the referee will give the scrum-half a non-verbal signal that he is allowed to put the ball into the scrum.

The “yes nine” rule was unpopular with some because it gives the defending pack a clear indication of when to expect their opponents to start their attack in the scrum.

In a statement the IRB said: “Following an initial review, including consultation with national coaches and referee managers, it has been decided that referees will adopt a non-verbal communication to scrum-halves for the introduction of the ball. This is in accordance with the relevant law (20.5 Throwing the Ball Into the Scrum).

“The change is effective immediately and will include this week’s Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup matches in the northern hemisphere (January 9-12).

“It will also include the next rounds of other elite competitions, including the Top 14 in France (January 24), Aviva Premiership in England (February 7-9) and the RaboDirect PRO 12 in other parts of Europe (February 7-9).

“As with the original protocol, it is up to individual Unions to decide whether this change will be adopted at levels below elite rugby.”

O’Reilly appointed to Six Nations

The International Rugby Board has announced the referee appointments for the Women’s Six Nations Championship 2014.

Appointments were made by the IRB match official selection committee, following a detailed review of recent performances.

The Women’s Six Nations, which kicks off on 31 January 2014 and concludes on 16 March, will see nine referees take charge of 15 matches with Nicky Inwood, Helen O’Reilly, Claire Hodnett, Christine Bigaran, Sherry Trumbull and Leah Berard being appointed to two matches each.

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