ERC Round 3 and 4 Appointments

Congratulations to Gary Conway who has been appointed to his first ERC Challenge Cup game. Great also to see Dudley Phillips back from injury.

Round 3 – Challenge Cup

P5           Brive        v           Oyonnax              Dudley Phillips (Ire)      

Leinster Rugby Referees Photo Shoot / Subaru Sponsorship

Round 4 – Challenge Cup

P3           Stade Francais Paris           v           Newcastle Falcons           Dudley Phillips (Ire)

P5           Oyonnax                v           Brive      Gary Conway (Ire)

Blackrock College v Clongowes Wood College - Beauchamps Leinster Schools Senior Cup Final

In action this weekend

Guinness Pro 12

Munster vs Ulster at Thomond Park
Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)
Assistant referees: Gary Conway (Ireland), Paul Haycock (Ireland)
Television match official: Kevin Beggs (Ireland)
Timekeeper: Dermot Moloney (Ireland)
Assessor: John Sheehan (Ireland)

Leinster vs Ospreys at RDS Arena
Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Assistant referees: Mark Patton (Ireland), Stuart Gaffikin (Ireland)
Television match official: Alan Rogan (Ireland)
Assessor: Michael Carroll (Ireland)

Glasgow Warriors vs Dragons at Scotstoun Stadium
Referee: Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Lloyd Linton (Scotland), Andrew McMenemy (Scotland)
Television match official: Jim Yuille (Scotland)
Assessor: Jim Fleming (Scotland)

Connacht vs Scarlets at Sportsground
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)
Assistant referees: Nigel Correll (Ireland), Brian MacNeice (Ireland)
Television match official: Seamus Flannery (Ireland)
Assessor: Bertie Smith (Ireland)

British and Irish Cup

British & Irish Cup

Cross Keys vs Cornish Pirates
RefereeSean Gallagher (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Simon Rees (Wales), Kelvin Shorte (Wales)

Leinster A vs Carmarthen Quins
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (England)
Assistant referees: John Carvill (Ireland), Gary Glennon (Ireland)
Assessor: Tony Duncan (Ireland)

Leinster Match Program Article 5

This article appeared in the Edinburgh Match Day Program

Given that referees in all sports are verbally and physically abused, why would you take up refereeing? The truth is abuse in rugby is extremely rare and our referees are still held in the highest regard by players and supporters of the game. Obviously it is easy to have a pop at a referee rather than a player. Sure we make mistakes, but doesn’t everyone on the field?

Rugby referees are the envy of many sports. We have had referees from different codes at our meetings over the years and they have reaffirmed this to us. We do not take this respect lightly. In fact we work hard to ensure we stay on top of our game. We are there to facilitate the game and in our view we are the 31st person on the field.

Having recently watched the Setanta Sport series ‘Men in Black’ it is clear how different refereeing different code is. There are vast differences between Gaelic Football, Hurling, Soccer and Rugby. The preparation of all four referees in the series is the same but the minute they step on the pitch it is a different story. Whilst all referees command some respect from players on the pitch there seems to be a lot more formality between the communication of rugby referee and the players. Does this lead to a better game? Does it lead to greater compliance from players?

Continue reading Leinster Match Program Article 5

New Referee Jersey Presentations

New referees who received their referee jersey at the Metro Area meeting on 11th November held at Bective Rangers RFC.

From left: Aurélie Lemouzy, Pat Carolan (ARLB President) & William Francis Fitzpatrick.

From left: Aurélie Lemouzy, Pat Carolan (ARLB President) & William Francis Fitzpatrick.

Phillips and Conway both on international duty this weekend.

Fiji vs USA at Stade de la Rabine, Vannes
Referee: Johnny Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland), Gary Conway (Ireland)
Television match official: Iain Ramage (Scotland)

England vs Samoa at Twickenham, England
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Mathieu Raynal (France), Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
Television match official: Simon McDowell (Ireland)
Timekeeper: Robert Ockenden

An evening with Glen Jackson and Mike Frazer

Leinster Rugby Referees is delighted to invite all members to an evening with Glen Jackson (NZRFU) and Mike Fraser (NZRFU)

Thursday 20th November


Old Wesley RFC.

Glen and Mike will be in town to officiate the Ireland V Australia game and have kindly agreed to join us for an  informal gathering.


This is a great opportunity to meet and chat with two of the IRB’s top officials.  Glen – who will referee the game will also give us an insight into his journey from being a  professional with Saracens to climbing the ranks  of world refereeing.


Please join us in Old Wesley where there will be finger food and refreshments along with a blazing fire and some tip top company….