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 Referee: Sean 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)
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?
Its not rugby union but congratulations to Aoife McCarthy and Mark Scoyne who have been selected on the referee panel for the 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup to be held 29th April – 3rd May 2015 in Coffs Harbour, Australia.
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
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….