Competition Regulations

Please ensure that you are up to date with all Competitions Regulations as issued by the Leinster Branch Competitions Committee. I would suggest that you print and heat seal/laminate a copy of this document to be kept in your kit bag.

However, as there are in all 39 Regulations, I would also advise that if you are assigned to a match, as referee, touch judge, assessor or coach, which is not at your normal or familiar level, or is in a different competition, that it would be prudent, before going to your match to access the relevant competition regulations on the ARLB web site.

These can be found on the Leinster Rugby Referees website by clicking on “Resources”and then on Competition Regulations and choosing between :
Clubs Competitions regulations

Women’s Regulations

Youths and minis Regs.

Schools Regulations

May we take this opportunity to, once again state how importantly the Assessors and Selectors regard your attendance at the Area Laws Meetings, and be aware that your progress on the pathway may be negatively impacted upon by poor attendance.

This Weeks SCT and JCT Referees

SCT Games

St.Gerards v CBC Monkstown Mon 25/01/16 @ 15:00
Referee: Gareth Crawford

Newbridge College v Belvedere College Wed 27/01/16 @ 15:00 Donnybrook
Referee: James Fitzgerald

Blackrock College v Castleknock College Fri 29/01/16 @ 15:00 Donnybrook
Referee: Paul Haycock

St.Andrews College v St.Michaels Tue 26/01/16 @ 15:00 Donnybrook
Referee: Brian Montayne

Gonzaga v Wesley College Thu 28/01/16 @ 15:00
Clontarf RFC
Referee: John Montayne

Kings Hospital v Clongowes Wood Thu 28/01/16 @ 15:00 Donnybrook
Referee: Simon Owens

Kilkenny College v Cistercian Roscrea Wed 27/01/16 @ 15:00 Portarlington
Referee: Clive Wardrop

JCT Games

Belvedere College v Castleknock College Sun 31/01/16 @ 15:00
Referee: Kevin Beggs

Leinster Match Program – Article 9

It is great to get the Christmas and New Year celebrations over and done with for another year and get back into some refereeing, although some of our referees have been in action over the festive period. Last year was another hugely successful year for the Leinster Rugby Referees. We’re half way through our 2015/16 season and already a number of new referees have passed their trials and embarked on a new refereeing. Our organization is continually growing learning and improving and we look forward to 2016, and delivering more top quality referees and assessors to Leinster and the world. None of this would be possible without the hard work and leadership of our executive committee, the management and sub-committees especially President Wayne Sheridan, Brian MacNeice, Mark Power, Simon Owens, Denis Collins and of course the area representatives – Graeme Douglas, Brendan Conroy, Norman Carter, Simon Porter and Thomas Keating amongst others.

Continue reading Leinster Match Program – Article 9

Leinster Refs in European Action this Weekend

The match officials for this weekend’s action.

Champions Cup

Bath vs Toulon
@ Recreation Ground
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Dudley Phillips (Ireland), Kieran Barry (Ireland)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)

Challenge Cup


Zebre vs Gloucester
@ Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Referee: Gary Conway (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Eddie Hogan O’Connell (Ireland), John Carvill (Ireland)


Leinster Refs in European Action this weekend

Champions Cup

Bordeaux-Bègles vs Exeter
@ Stade Chaban-Delmas
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Sean Gallagher (Ireland), Brian MacNeice (Ireland)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)

Leinster vs Bath
Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France)
Assistant Referees: Maxime Chalon (France), Jean-Luc Rebollal (France)
TMO: Eric Gonthier (France)

Challenge Cup

Pau vs Sale
@ Stade du Hameau
Referee: Gary Conway (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Leo Colgan (Ireland), Paul Haycock (Ireland)

Calvisano vs Montpellier
@ Peroni Stadium
Referee: Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: John Carvill (Ireland), Eddie Hogan O’Connell (Ireland)

Metro Meeting

The next Metro Area meeting is on Tuesday next, 12th Jan at Monkstown FC at 7:30pm


7:30 to 7:45 – Registration, Tea & Coffee
7:45 to 7:50 – Tom
7:50 to 8:30 – David O’Brien presentation
8:30 to 9:00 – Guest Speaker, Alan Lewis.
9:00 to 9:10 – Tom with Trial Referees.

European Match Officials to January 10th

The match officials for this weekend’s action have been confirmed, with George Clancy handed the Toulon versus Bath Champions Cup fixture and a large Leinster Rugby Referee contingent out and about.

Champions Cup

Bordeaux-Bègles vs Clermont
@ Stade Chaban Delmas
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Leo Colgan (Ireland), Paul Haycock (Ireland)
TMO: Seamus Flannery (Ireland)

Racing 92 vs Glasgow
@ Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Dudley Phillips (Ireland), Nigel Correll (Ireland)
TMO: Marshall Kilgore (Ireland)

Stade Français vs Munster
@ Stade Jean Bouin
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Leighton Hodges (Wales), Sean Brickell (Wales)
TMO: Derek Bevan (Wales)

Toulon vs Bath
@ Stade Félix Mayol
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Sean Gallagher (Ireland), Mark Connolly (Ireland)
TMO: Alan Rogan (Ireland)



Edinburgh vs Treviso
@ Murrayfield
Referee: Gary Conway (Ireland)

Ospreys vs Leinster
@ Liberty Stadium
Referee: David Wilkinson (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Ben Whitehouse (Wales), Simon Rees (Wales)
TMO: Jonathan Mason (Wales)


New Year Fitness Resolutions

It’s the mid-point in the season and also the time of year for setting (and keeping) your fitness resolutions.

Here’s some tips for keeping your fitness training going in the colder months of the year and in preparation for the big games that come as leagues come closer to their conclusion, the cup competitions start and fitness tests creep up!!

  1. Set realistic targets – at a minimum it should be two sessions per week (not including games)
  2. Plan your sessions – there are lots of sample sessions on the Leinster Rugby Referee fitness page
  3. Train together – find a clubmate or local training group. There’s one in Terenure College RFC every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6.30 – 8.00 for all levels and all are welcome. It’s on the new all-weather too so no dirty boots before the weekend.
  4. Keep it regular – put the times in your diary. Maybe it’s every Tuesday and Thursday or whatever suits you. It’s harder to cancel when it’s in the diary.
  5. Track your progress – keep a note of your sessions and fitness scores. Nothing motivates like success.
  6. Reward yourself – achieve your goals then reward yourself. Maybe it’s a couple of pints or a curry or maybe a night out.
  7. Tomorrow is a new day – if it isn’t happening today don’t beat yourself up, just move on to tomorrow and make sure you work extra hard then.
  8. Talk about it – if you’re struggling for motivation or can’t find information to improve your fitness contact Hitchy (Paul Haycock) on
  9. Remember getting fit takes time – getting fit and staying fit is a long-term goal so don’t give up if you don’t reach your ultimate goals within a short space of time.
  10. Test yourself regularly – do the fitness test which is a 1km run on the pitch. Timed 10 lengths of a standard rugby pitch and keep track of your scores. Send your scores to Hitchy too so we can build up a bank of data of scores.

Leinster Match Program – Article 8

Leinster v Connacht

Happy New Year!!! 2016 promises to be another great year of rugby and a great year for the Leinster Rugby Referees. Here’s hoping some of our refs may make an Olympic debut in Rio whilst others may continue to climb the ladder towards the top.


Leinster Rugby Referees held ‘An Evening with Alain Rolland’ in Clontarf FC on Tuesday 8th December organized by PRO Dan Wallace and Metro Representative Thomas Keating. Alain has had a hugely successful refereeing career – a World Cup Final, Heineken Cup finals, countless European games and of course 40 plus Leinster and 3 Irish caps. Alain spoke about his rugby career, his accidental move into an amazing refereeing career and his life, as portrayed in his fabulous book – The Whistle Blower: The Alain Rolland Story. Alain kindly began the evening by meeting with the new trial referees. He answered many questions covering the breakdown, materiality, positioning, and the balance required by a referee between being vocal and not speaking at all, something which he mastered throughout his refereeing career.  He imparted key tips on the scrum from his experience to assist the trial referees in seeing the telltale signs of problems with the scrum amongst other things. This was invaluable experience for the trial referees to tap into a referee who has seen it all and refereed at the very top of the game, most notably the World Cup Final in 2007.

Alain then held an open talk with members of the Leinster Rugby Referees, and proceed to talk about his career in rugby and his life and he gave some excellent insights. AR3He started off talking  about how he became a referee, which was an accident; he was down in Stradbook, home of Blackrock College RFC, when the referee that was appointed for the Third A game failed to turn up, and he was asked to referee the game, a game that would lead him eventually to referee the World Cup Final.

Alain went on to speak about how he progressed up through the ranks, and did that quickly, literally within 3 years he was refereeing his first international test match in Wales. AR2Alain finish his career by refereeing the Heineken Cup final of 2014 between Toulon and Saracens. He talked about how he prepared for the games and the commitment a referee needs to give, especially to a World Cup competition, a referee can be away up to 57 days from home. Alain’s most memorable game he refereed was South Africa v New Zealand in Pretoria in 2003, for him this was a game where New Zealand played the “complete” game of rugby, running out 54-16 victors.

Alain went into many other stories and comical moments in his referee career, not to spoil it, you can read all about it in his book. He spoke about how fortunate it was for him to get the opportunity to referee, Leinster v Munster back in 2014 in the Pro12, it was another case of the referee assigned not being able to referee the game, and there was Alain again, just like when he started his career in the right place at the right time.

Following a lengthy Q&A session with those that attended, Alain closed the evening with a fitting tribute to Jonah Lomu (1975 – 2015), remembering back when Jonah was playing in the Sevens Rugby, in particular in Hong Kong when the New Zealand played Fiji in the final, and how the full back from Fiji team allegedly said prior to the game that Jonah was “average”, well when Jonah was faced with only the try line and the full back, he proceeded to go through the full back, score the try and even have the time on the way back to ask “How average was that?” to the full back as he lay prone on the ground!

Many thanks to Alain for giving up his time, something which he continually does for the Leinster Rugby Referees. He is a referee that is sorely missed, by most, on the pitch, but is still educating referees at the highest level. IMG_3866His book is The Whistle Blower: The Alain Rolland Story available in all good bookshops in case Santa forgot to deliver!!!

If you are interested in becoming a referee and getting the New Year off to a good start, get in contact with us through our facebook and Google + pages, our website or through twitter @leinsterreferee.