The Association of Referees, Connacht Branch, in conjunction with Connacht Rugby and the IRFU recently held two courses for new referees.
 
The course gives participants an insight in to what is involved in becoming a referee with Connacht Rugby, outlines the benefits of being a member of the ARCB and gives an introduction to the key elements of successful refereeing.
 
Over the course of the weekend of the 6th & 7th of September fourteen prospective new referees attended the courses in Claremorris and Galway.
 
Led by IRFU Referee Development Manager Peter Fitzgibbon, supported by various members of the ARCB, those attending were given an opportunity to learn about the process of qualifying as a referee, player safety and welfare, planning & preparation, communication skills and on-field referee positioning.
 
Technical elements covered on the course include refereeing the scrum and the role of the touch judge.
 
Thanks to ARCB members Jason Craughwell (President), Paul Cronin, Paul Gannon, Joe O’Donnell, Jason Cairns, John Martin (Secretary), Claire Toolan, Katie Kilbane and Mossy Moran for their contribution to the weekend. Connacht Rugby wishes those that attended the very best in their refereeing careers.
 
For further information on how to become a referee in Connacht go to www.arcb.ie or contact Referee Development Manager, Peter Fitzgibbon (086-8322987 or [email protected]).
 

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.

Last Saturday NUIG student Mikey Kerin was named an honorary member of the Association of Referees Connacht Branch (ARCB), in recognition of his growing ability as a rugby referee.
 
Mikey is a regular visitor to the inclusion rugby mornings in Corinthians RFC every Saturday. While he is a keen player himself, in the past few years he has turned his attention to becoming the man in the middle.
 
To the surprise of Mikey, he received a visit from the ARCB Vice President Jason Craughwell who announced to the attendees of Mikey’s membership to the ARCB in light of his good work.
 
There Mikey was presented with his official ARCB referee jersey, his own book with red and yellow cards, and the all-important whistle. He was then able to put it to good use when he refereed the tag rugby game amongst the inclusion rugby players that morning.
 
Congratulations on your membership Mikey, we look forward to seeing you run the rule on some games in the future!
 

 

Fancy becoming a referee?

The Association of Referees Connacht Branch are holding a one day course tomorrow for people who want to get involved.

Several hours training will cover key areas of the modern game and participants may apply on completion for membership with Connacht’s Referee Association (ARCB).

ARCB are particularly keen to see more women looking to become referees through the Women’s Rugby Pathway Programme.

Tailored to encourage former players wishing to return to the women’s rugby fold, the programme seeks to streamline female referee development and progress through women’s rugby channels. 

Eager officials could learn, practice and develop free from any obligation to officiate boys or mens rugby, but avail every opportunity to ply their skills across the board if they wish.

“This new pathway programme lets women contribute to the growth of women’s rugby from within that women’s rugby comfort zone,” says Katie Kilbane of the ARCB.

“Often it’s a perceived lack of experience which prevents many of provincial Ireland’s greatest players from contributing further upon retirement.”

The course for both male and female applicants takes place on Saturday, September 8th from 09:30 to 16:00 at The Connacht Hotel, Galway (Old Dublin Road).

Further information available by email: [email protected] or [email protected].

When: Saturday 8th September, 9.30am – 4pm
Where: The Connacht Hotel, Old Dublin Road, Galway
RSVP and Further Info: [email protected]

 

 

Connacht Rugby, the ARCB and the IRFU’s Referee Department are delighted to announce two upcoming events, a New Recruits Workshop for anyone who wishes to take up refereeing and an Affiliate Referees Course for coaches who may be asked to referee matches not covered by official ARCB referees.

 

NEW RECRUITS WORKSHOP

  • 10:00 – 16:00
  • Sunday 07/01/2018
  • The Sportsground, Galway

 

Why become an ARCB referee?

  1. Stay Involved – keeps you involved with the game as an alternative to playing
  2. Social – the social aspect of rugby is renowned, it’s a great way to meet new people and make new friends
  3. Fitness – it is a fantastic way to keep fit. The IRFU have the highest level of expertise in this area
  4. Travel – the higher level you reach, the more involvement you will have in Europe, PRO14 and the UBL
  5. The Club – referees are ‘a club within a club’ who meet regularly for meetings. There’s a great team spirit
  6. Ambition – could you referee an international match? There is huge room for growth
  7. Tickets – referees are allowed to apply for international and provincial match tickets

World Rugby Law Exam Module – click here.
World Rugby Concussion Management for General Public Module – click here.

Both these components require online registration with the World Rugby Training Passport portal. On completion you should print your certificate. This is important, as you will need to provide the printed certificate to attend the New Recruits Workshop.

 

 

AFFILIATE REFEREES COURSE

  • 19:00 – 21:00
  • Thursday 11/01/2018
  • Castlebar RFC, Mayo

Why become an Affiliate Referee?

It is IRFU Policy that all matches from U13 upwards are refereed by either Branch Referees (ARCB) or Club & School Affiliate Referees. Club & school affiliate referees are not ARCB referees, they are club or school members who are qualified to referee matches involving their own club or school where no ARCB referee is available or has not been appointed.

Affiliate Referees usually referee underage games and provide an important function in servicing the game at this level in their club or school.

World Rugby Law Exam Module – click here.
World Rugby Concussion Management for General Public Module – click here.

Both these components require online registration with the World Rugby Training Passport portal. On completion you should print your certificate. This is important, as you will need to provide the printed certificate to attend the Affiliate Referees workshop.

 

 

If you are interested in attending either event please contact Luke Murphy at [email protected] or +353 87 902 3890 before 12:00 Tuesday 2nd January.

The IRFU are pleased to confirm that seven referees have taken up professional contracts, including Connacht Rugby Referee Development Officer Sean Gallagher and former player Frank Murphy

The seven contracted referees are; Andrew Brace, George Clancy, Gallagher, John Lacey, Murphy, Joy Neville and David Wilkinson.

The referees will receive dedicated coaching, analysis and support for their strength and condition support and nutritional needs.

IRFU Professional Referees

Andrew Brace
Andrew Brace is a member of Old Crescent RFC and having played rugby internationally with Belgium, took up refereeing in 2013 after finishing his playing career. He rose quickly through the refereeing ranks and took charge of British and Irish Cup games in 2014 and then continued on to referee in the Guinness Pro12 in 2015 and made his European debut during the 2015/16 season. He officiated at the Junior World Championships in 2016 and took charge of his first full international in 2017 (England v Barbarians) and his first test fixture later in the year (Canada v Georgia).

 George Clancy
George Clancy is a member of Bruff RFC and began refereeing with the Munster Association of Referees in 2000. He was appointed to the Irish National Panel in 2003 and refereed his first professional game, Borders v Dragons, in October 2004. Quickly moving through the ranks, he made his debut in the European Cup in January 2005 (Bourgoin v Bath) and after appearing at the 2005 & 2006 Junior World Cups, made his International debut with a World Cup qualifier game in Montevideo between Uruguay and USA. He has since gone on to referee in the Six Nations, the Rugby Championship and at the Rugby World Cup in 2011 and 2015.

Sean Gallagher
Sean Gallagher is a member of Navan RFC and took up refereeing in 2005. Having spent a number of years teaching in Leinster, Sean joined the IRFU in 2015 as a referee development officer in Connacht. He picked up the IRFU Young Referee of the Year Award in 2009 and has continued to progress steadily up the ranks, officiating in the British and Irish Cup, the Guinness Pro 14, the European Rugby Challenge Cup and this year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup.

John Lacey
John Lacey is a member of Clanwilliam RFC in his native Tipperary and also played with both Shannon RFC & Sundays Well RFC. He played professionally for Munster as a wing/full-back and took up refereeing after his retirement from playing. His first fixture was in the Munster Schools Junior Cup, where he officiated St.Munchin’s versus CBC Cork. Since then Lacey has gone on to referee across all major competitions including the European Champions Cup, the Six Nations, The Rugby Championship and the World Cup in England 2015.

Frank Murphy
Frank Murphy played rugby professionally as a scrum-half for over 10 years, playing with teams in Ireland and the UK, he also won caps for Ireland A. During his time with Leicester Frank won with Premiership and played in the Heineken Cup final in season 06-07. He refereed his first professional game in 2016 when he took charge of the Dragons versus Edinburgh in the Pro12, and soon after that officiated his first international game between Germany and Portugal. Frank participated at JWC 2017 in Georgia.

Joy Neville
Joy Neville played at Number 8 for both Munster and Ireland, winning 70 caps for her country and was part of the Grand Slam winning team in 2013. After retiring from the game she decided to try her hand at refereeing and has risen steadily through the ranks. She moved up the league in the Ulster Bank League over the past number of seasons, and more recently has been named as an assistant referee in the Guinness Pro14 and European Rugby Challenge Cup games. She refereed on the 2016/17 World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series and also took charge of the Women’s Rugby World Cup Final in Belfast between New Zealand and England. She will officiate the Rugby Europe international between Norway versus Denmark on October 25th.

David Wilkinson
David Wilkinson followed in his father’s footsteps when, at the age of 19 he picked up the referee’s whistle. A native of Enniskillen in Co. Fermanagh, he refereed across domestic competitions in Ulster before moving to the Ulster Bank League and then made his PRO12 debut in the Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets match in April 2008.  He made his International debut when Georgia hosted Romania in the Nations Cup in 2011 and has refereed in both Champions Cup & Challenge Cup.

Match officials Gerry Geraghty, Peter Gaughan, Jason Craughwell and Aaron O’Halloran at a Schools final last year.
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

by Damian Eames (PRO, Association of Referees Connacht Branch)

As another season has kicked off, the ARCB (Association of Referees Connacht Branch) have been busy getting our referees and assessors ready for the hundreds of games that lie ahead. Last month’s season kick-off event was well attended in Galway by our members. It was a busy session as there were a host of new global trial Laws that required explanation.

Our new President for the season, Shane McElwee, expertly set the scene for everyone. He was supported by our new Chairperson of the referee selection committee, Christy O’Sullivan. Not for the first time, we are innovating the way we identify members’ availability to cover games across the province.

The lifeblood of any volunteer association is determined by how we attract and support new members. Our dedicated IRFU Referee Development Officer, Sean Gallagher, held a new trial member workshop on Sunday, September 10, in Galway with a number of new recruits added to our ranks. We are fortunate to have a person of Sean’s calibre at our full-time disposal. Having successfully refereed on the international Sevens and PRO14 circuit, his knowledge and application is second to none.

Our new members are nurtured through their first touch judge and referee appointments. It is great to have John Carrig keeping a watchful eye on our new recruits, ably supported by Mark Fitzgerald who ensures we have assessors coaching them as well.

There are many benefits to becoming a member of ARCB. It keeps you involved in the game and it keeps the game alive. We have dedicated monthly workshops, social outings and access to PRO14 and international tickets. ARCB is a foundation that allows Connacht’s grassroots to flourish into green shirts.

If you are interested in rugby refereeing, please email [email protected].

The Connacht Rugby Affiliate Referees Workshop that was due to take place at the Sportsground tonight has been postponed with a new date for the course to be confirmed in due course.

Affiliate Referees Workshops are provided for people who are appointed to referee by their club or school due to the unavailability of Branch referees. The primary purpose of the course is to give club and school-affiliated referees a good understanding of the main priority areas of refereeing with the emphasis on safety.

It is designed to explain and simplify the laws of the game and to focus on their practical application and safety aspects.

All affiliate referee courses are free of charge and open to club and school members.

To register your interest in an Affiliate Referee Workshop, please email [email protected].

Connacht Rugby Headquarters in the Sportsground, Galway has been confirmed as the venue for the next Affiliate Referees Workshop on Tuesday, September 26, at 7pm.

The workshop is provided for people who are appointed to referee by their club or school due to the unavailability of Branch referees.

The primary purposes of the course is to give club and school affiliated referees a good understanding of the main priority areas of refereeing with the emphasis on safety.

It is designed to explain and simplify the laws of the game and to focus on their practical application and safety aspects.

All affiliate referee courses are free of charge and open to club and school members.

There are pre-course materials that must be completed beforehand so if you are interested in attending, please email [email protected] to register.

Fourth official Gerry Geraghty, assistant referee Peter Gaughan, referee Jason Craughwell and assistant referee Aaron O’Halloran at the Top Oil Connacht Senior Development final at the Sportsground in March.

The Association of Referees Connacht Branch (ARCB) will be holding their next New Referees Course on Sunday, September 10, at the Sportsground.

It is open to males and females, aged between 18-59, who are interested in beginning on the IRFU Referee Pathway or those who wish to support rugby at a local level through Community Refereeing. Although no prior refereeing experience is required, a playing or coaching background is beneficial to those wishing to register for the course.

Rugby referees enjoy the same benefits of the game as the players – without the injuries! If keeping fit (referees run six miles in an 80-minute match), travelling, taking part in a lively social scene or getting an adrenaline rush is your idea of a great pastime, rugby refereeing could be for you.

As well as the obvious benefits, a referee’s constant study of the game enriches their enjoyment of this lifetime sport. With increasing levels of participation in rugby across the province, there is more need for referees now than ever.

Seán Gallagher is the IRFU Referee Development Officer in Connacht and he would be delighted to talk you through what is involved in becoming a referee. His mobile number is 086 1735096 or you can reach him by e-mail at [email protected] It is important that you make direct contact for further details, as places on the course are limited.

Benefits of becoming a referee

Stay involved in the game.

Keep fit.

Learn more about the game.

Referee locally, provincially or nationally.

Make new friends.

Membership of the ARCB.

Access to kit and match tickets.

Benefits to the game and the players

Safe and controlled.

Structured.

Neutral referees.

Enhanced playing experience.

Values of the game are maintained.

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