Annual Seminar Review

What a turnout!!! Great to see over 160 referees, assessors and members pack into Lansdowne FC for this years Annual Referee Seminar, to kickstart the 2018/19 season. Many thanks to Robert Deacon, Vice President of Leinster Rugby for the warm introduction and to our own President Bryan O’Neill for his warm welcome.

Thank you to Sean Gallagher for his excellent presentation, coupled with that of Dudley Phillips, Head of Referees IRFU. It was also great to see Alain Rolland back at our seminar and we thank him for his presentation and warm words. Paul Haycock gave a short but effective presentation on fitness – please get in contact with Denis to get on the group.

Thanks to Denis and the admin committee for their work and also Lansdowne FC for their facilities. Finally well done to our tankards winners and to Berney White on his Referee of the Year award from last season.

Annual Seminar


Annual Seminar
Lansdowne FC
(by kind permission)
Sunday 19th August

8:00 – 12:00

*Parking available in local vicinity on road.

Become a referee

If you are interested in joining the Leinster Rugby Referees please continue to the application process page.

Our Annual Seminar will be held on August 19th in Lansdowne FC.

Our next Recruits Course will be held in Terenure College on September 8th .  Please contact for more details.

Why become a referee?

  • Stay with the game as an alternative to playing.
  • Social – The social aspect of rugby is renowned. Refereeing is a great way to meet new people and make new friends.
  • Fitness – It is a fantastic way to keep fit. The IRFU have the highest level of expertise in this area.
  • Travel – The highest level you reach as a referee, the more involvement you will have at European Competitions, Rabo Direct Pro 12 League and the Ulster Bank League
  • Referees ‘a club within a club’ who meet regularly for meetings. There’s a great team spirit.
  • Ambition – could you referee an international match?
  • Tickets – Referees are allowed to apply for international and provincial match tickets.

Damian Poder Memorial Match

Well done to everyone involved in the Leinster Rugby Referees v Merrion Cricket Club charity game in memory of our refereeing colleague Damian Poder. Congratulations referees to Captain Brian MacNeice on a memorable win. The referees presented jerseys to Merrion CC following the game.

Marble City 7’s

Kilkenny RFC are looking for Referees  to officiate at “Marble City Sevens 2018”

Date;  Sat June 30th

Venue:   Kilkenny RFC

One day sevens event with 32 teams. ( Mens and Womens Teams)

KO:  12.00 noon till 20;30pm

Referees required for times that suit them

All day, early kick offs, evening etc


Marble City Sevens is one of the best run Sevens events in Ireland and its because of the involvement of ARLB referees, that teams return year after year.

If any Referee requires Overnight Accomodation for Sat 30th, could they please indicate this when replying.

(Accomodation not guaranteed, but we should be able to look after them)

Contact if referees wish to come to Kilkenny and officiate on the day

Leinster Match Program Article 13

This article appeared in the Zebre Pro 14 Match Program

Welcome to another issue of Referee Corner. Congratulations are extended to our refereeing colleagues whom have been selected for Summer Internationals. They will be on duty  around the globe in June, with Andrew Brace refereeing Argentina v Wales on June 9 – almost twelve months to the day of his Test debut in Canada – before staying on Argentinian soil for two assistant referee appointments. John Lacey will be in New Zealand at the same time, refereeing the third Test between the All Blacks and France on June 23 following two earlier run-outs as an AR. George Clancy will run the line for the Canada v Scotland and Canada v Russia matches, while Frank Murphy is heading Stateside for two AR appointments – South Africa v Wales and USA v Russia.

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