The Association of Referees Connacht Branch (ARCB) held a successful induction day for new referees at The Connacht Hotel on Saturday 27th August. Seven prospective new referees attended the course, hosted by ARCB president Christy O’Sullivan and Referee Development Manager Peter Fitzgibbon.

On the day the attendees discussed a range of topics relating to match officiating, including the role of the touch judge, referee positioning, communication, and match preparation. They also looked at examples of referee decision-making in live situations and were given the opportunity to become the referee, being put ‘on the spot’ in a virtual sense when reviewing match footage.

ARCB are always open to new members. If you are interested in refereeing contact Referee Development Manager, Peter Fitzgibbon.

M – 086 8322987 or [email protected]

The next new referees course will take place in October.

Would you like to become part of Connacht Rugby?

Refereeing is a great way to get or stay involved in the game of Rugby as it puts you in the thick of the action. Whether you want to referee age grade games in your own area or aspire to refereeing at higher levels around the province and beyond, there is a place for you within the Association of Referees Connacht Branch. If keeping fit, meeting new people, being part of a club, personal development, contributing to the game of rugby in the province and having access to provincial and international tickets is for you then don’t hesitate. Contact us today.

The training and education involved in becoming a referee is a two-step process. First you must complete and an IRFU online module then attend an ARCB induction course. The induction course for new referees in Connacht will take place over two evenings on Monday 8th and Monday 15th of November. Please contact the referee development manager in your province to find out more and to register for the course.


Contact details and more information can be found on the IRFU website here


and on the Connacht Rugby website here .


Two courses will take place in the next few weeks for those who wish to become qualified affiliate referees for the next four seasons.
The courses will take place on Creggs National School on Wednesday 18th September, and The Sportsground on Wednesday 9th October, with both courses starting at 7pm.
It is essential for those wishing to attend to register in advance here.
Here’s all you need to know about becoming an affiliate referee…
What are affiliate referees?
Club & school affiliate referees are not branch referees. Club and school affiliate referees are defined as adult persons (Aged 18 to 59). They are club or school members who are qualified to referee matches involving their own club or school where no Branch referee is available or has not been appointed.

They usually referee underage games and provide an important function in servicing the game at this level in their club or school.
Who appoints Club & School Affiliate Referees?
The responsibility for their appointment lies solely with their club or school.
Are they members of a Branch Referees Society or Association?
No, they are entirely separate. Club and school affiliate referees are a refereeing resource within their own club or school and have no involvement with their branch referee association / society.
Can affiliate referees affiliate to more than one club or school?
No, affiliate referees can only affiliate to one club and one school.
What games can they referee?
They are appointed by their club or school. They can only referee games involving their own club or school, home or away.

Two information evenings will be held in the coming weeks for those who have an interest in taking up refereeing for the 2019/20 season.

These info sessions will be in the form of an informal Q&A with Referee Development Manager and former Guinness PRO14 referee Peter Fitzgibbon. Peter will talk attendees through the process involved with becoming an affiliated member of the ARCB (Association of Referees Connacht Branch) and answer any questions people may have.

The first info evening will take place on Monday 15th April at Westport RFC with a further event on Wednesday 17th April at The Sportsground. Both sessions will begin at 7pm.

If you would like to register for either event, or have any questions regarding the evenings, please email Peter at [email protected]


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