New referees for 2014/15

Congratulations to all our new members for 2014/15 who passed their trials this season.

Collins Stephen, Conroy Larry (Kilkenny), Cuttriss Brendan (Clontarf RFC), Fitzpatrick Frankie, Harris Ronan, Hewer Stephen, Huntly Travis, Jenkinson Robbie (Skerries RFC), Kearns Nathan, Lemouzy Aurelie (Old Belvedere), Llewellyn Karl (Wanderers FC), Lyons Thomas (Longford RFC), McDonald Kenny (North Kildare RFC), O’Hara James (Mullingar RFC), O’Shea Niall, Pietri Marco (St Mary’s RFC), Reidy Padraic (Old Belvedere), Ryan Aongus, (Clondalkin RFC), Sutton Ken, Timmins Eamon (Newbridge), Walsh Liam (Longford RFC), Webster Jamie, Williams Ian (Skerries RFC)

Annual Dunboyne Dinner

A message from the office of Kevin Beggs

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As has been the custom over recent years I have organised a dinner at Dunboyne castle at the end of each season to relax and chat about the season and to allow the partners to meet up. This year is no different. Sunday 3rd May I have booked tables at Dunboyne Castle for dinner. The cost is €45pp. This will include wine.

The hotel has rooms available at €135 per room double B&B. Single room is€115. If you should wish to book a room please do this direct with the hotel ph 01 8013500.

This is a great chance to meet socially and to thanks our partners who have watched as we drive away most weekends for the afternoon during the season.

It is always a great night so please let me know asap if you would like to attend.

Kevin Beggs



European Cup Semi Final Appointments

The match officials for this week’s European action have been confirmed, with Wayne Barnes given the Toulon versus Leinster clash in Marseille.

Semi-final match officials

Champions Cup

Saturday: Clermont v Saracens
Venue: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard
Kick-off: 16.15 local (15:15 BST; 14:15 GMT)
Referee: George Clancy (Ire)
Assistant referees: Leighton Hodges (Wal), Dudley Phillips (Ire)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ire)

Sunday: Toulon v Leinster
Venue: Stade Velodrome
Kick-off: 16.15 (15:15 BST; 14:15 GMT)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (Eng)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wal), Greg Garner (Eng)
TMO: Graham Hughes (Eng)

Challenge Cup

Friday: Edinburgh v Dragons
Venue: Murrayfield
Kick-off: 19.45 BST (18:45 GMT)
Referee: JP Doyle (Eng)
Assistant referees: Luke Pearce (Eng), Marius Mitrea (Ita)
TMO: Marshall Kilgore (Ire)

Saturday: Gloucester v Exeter Chiefs
Venue: Kingsholm Stadium
Kick-off: 19.45 BST (18:45 GMT)
Referee: John Lacey (Ire)
Assistant referees: Jerome Garces (Fra), Pascal Gauzere (Fra)
TMO: Jim Yuille (Sco)


Area AGMs

Midland’s AGM

Tullamore Rugby Club
Wednesday April 15th
KO  8pm


North Midlands AGM

Silken Thomas
Tuesday April 21st
KO  8pm



2015 Rugby World Cup Referees Announced

The 12 referees for the 2015 Rugby World Cup have been announced.  John Lacey and George Clancy from Munster have both been selected and we pass on our congratulations to them. We are also delighted that JP Doyle, son of late President Terry Doyle, has also been selected.

The full list of referees with their union and number of tests in brackets is: Wayne Barnes (RFU, 57), George Clancy (IRFU, 38), JP Doyle (RFU, 12), Jérôme Garcès (FFR, 22), Pascal Gauzere (FFR, 17), Glen Jackson (NZR, 10), Craig Joubert (SARU, 55), John Lacey (IRFU, 13), Nigel Owens (WRU, 60), Jaco Peyper (SARU, 20), Romain Poite (FFR, 39) and Chris Pollock (NZR, 18).

More information can be found at :


Leinster Match Program – Article 14

Another season is coming to an end shortly and with that some players may also be hanging up their boots and thinking about the next step. Obviously at the Leinster Rugby Referees we would love those retiring to take up the whistle.

With this in mind there are obvious questions – why do it? How do I become a referee? What is the process like and more importantly what is life after playing as a referee like? This week I had the opportunity to catch up with John O’Brien who took up the whistle a couple of years ago. I was lucky enough to be the referee’s Metro rep and guide John through his first season. Since then and passing his trial he is flying.

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Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Leinster Rugby Referees will take place as follows:

Date: Thursday, April 23rd 2015.

Venue: St Mary’s College RFC

Time: 19:30

Leinster Match Program – Article 13

It’s been a busy few weeks at referee towers. Thursday 26th February saw seventy members attend a Leinster Rugby Referees general workshop that took place in Clondalkin RFC. Our main seminar always takes place in August pre-season and this was the second main meeting of the season. After our president Pat Carolan opened the meeting the stage was set for the chairman of the rugby committee Simon Owens to run the show. First up was Gary Glennon who spoke about the need for preparation in the hours and even days before a game. Despite Gary’s best efforts to promote his wife’s new laundry business specialising in cleaning rugby gear we quickly moved on to Brian Montayne to talk us through the latest ARLB initiative in forming a focus group of new (ish) referees with the goal of encouraging them forwards.

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