Leinster Rugby Program – Article 6

The Metro Referees were delighted to welcome Marius van der Westhuizen to their meeting on Tuesday night. Marius was in Dublin to take charge of the Ireland v Canada game. It was great to have Marius at the meeting and he answered some questions in a thought provoking way.  For instance, when asked about maintaining concentration on the pitch, he talked about just focusing on the “next good decision” and not getting caught up in what had gone before.

When his training schedule allows, he still seeks out, and looks forward to, refereeing U 13 matches, which he treats with the same respect as a test match.  “For the players, it is every bit as important as a test match is to the test players.”  He also  uses U-13 matches to consciously work on minor tweaks to his own game, and experiment a bit, since the speed of top level rugby does not allow the time to do so.

Leinster Match Program – Article 5

This article appeared in the Connacht Match Program

It is hard to talk about the world of refereeing and rugby without mentioning the great shock of the passing of Anthony Foley. All our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the wider Munster rugby community. Reading online about the great man just made him a great man, player and coach. I did read one interesting titbit of information in all the articles I read, that he was only penalised 6 times in his career. I can well believe it. A great rugby mind and passionate player. He will be missed sorely. Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam.

A warm welcome to today’s match officials, John Lacey and Andy Brace from Munster , Jonathon Peak of Ulster, and today’s match commissioner Tim Lowry. Our sympathies are passed to John Lacey on the passing of his former Shannon and Munster teammate.

Leinster Match Program – Article 4

This article appeared in the Castres match day program

Annual Seminar

The Leinster Rugby Referees season is back in full swing after the summer break. The season kicked off with our annual seminar on August 21st in Old Wesley RFC’s splendid new clubhouse. 180 plus referees attended the day,our largest attendances to date showing the increase popularity in refereeing within Leinster and the excellent work done by the IRFU Recruitment officers and area representatives.  David MacDonald, President of the Leinster Rugby Referees, and Old Wesley member opened proceedings, welcoming the referees to another season and wishing them well.

We were delighted to welcome back Sean Gallagher, a Leinster referee currently working in Connacht as the IRFU Development Officer there. Sean conducted the pre-Season presentation and the key points and focus areas for referees this season including the new law changes for the season. These include Rugby Values – Players appealing for decisions, playing acting, diving or displaying un-sportsmanlike behaviour must be sanctioned / managed.  Players exaggerating an offence may have that penalty reversed and simulation should be penalised as a minimum. These facets are something we have seen throughout the rugby world cup. A full list can be found on our website www.arlb.ie

Leinster Match Program – Article 3

This article appeared in the Munster match day program.

Contributed by Mr Denis Collins.

Brothers In Arms –  The Seapoint Duo

Over the last 15 years many rugby players, coaches and spectators would have come across one of the Montayne brothers visiting their club to referee a match. Often they are even mixed up for one another. Brian & John Montayne have been refereeing in Ireland for over 15 years officiating at all levels of the game both within Leinster and at a national level. Between them they have officiated in over 500 fixtures including competitions such as the Womens 6 Nations, Schools/Youth Inter Provincials, Heineken Cup, British & Irish Cup, Pro12, All Ireland League, Leinster Schools Cup, Leinster Senior Cup, Metropolitan Cup, Provincial Towns Cup to name but a few.


This may seem not that unusual but in itself they have created some history. Both members of Seapoint Rubgy Club (a Junior club at the time) were appointed to the National Panel of the IRFU, the first ever set of brothers in Ireland to have been appointed with such honours. For a Junior club this was a great achievement not only to have one but two members refereeing at Senior level in the country. It wasn’t long after when Seapoint themselves attained Senior status.

Brian, a Senior ESB engineer  and John, a Senior lecturer at the Institute of Art, Design & Technology come from a long line of Seapoint members involved with the ARLB including Jim Breen, a former president, Denis Collins, administrator of ARLB and David McDonald the current president of the ARLB.

We put some question to both Brothers about their time refereeing and what it meant to them to have been both involved.

Leinster Match Program – Article 2

This article appeared in the Ospreys Match Program

At the end of last season David MacDonald of Seapoint was elected President of the Leinster Rugby Referees. In accepting the Presidency David said “I am honoured to be elected President of the Association of Referees Leinster Branch for 2016/17.  This honour is magnified by my appreciation of my own mediocre career on the pitch.   Hopefully I have made, and will continue to make, a more valuable contribution off the pitch.”

Leinster Match Program – Article 1

This article appeared in the Treviso match program.

2015/16 Season Review.

At the start of last season Wayne Sheridan of Old Wesley RFC was elected President of the Leinster Rugby Referees. Wayne, a current active citing commissioner on the PRO 12 and European circuit is a former IRFU National Panel referee and father to Glenn who is currently on the National Panel (albeit in Connacht, but we won’t hold that against him). Gary Conway started the season refereeing at the World Rugby U20 Championship.  Dudley Phillips was busy at the Pacific Nations Cup where he touch judged a number of games. Tim Townend who was promoted to the IRFU National Referees panel and Helen O’Reilly who was promoted to the ‘A’ Panel in the summer panel appointments. It was also a busy summer for out kit men – Dan Wallace and Kevin Beggs with the help, as always of Denis Collins. We were delighted to welcome Bank of Ireland on board as our new kit sponsor.

Leinster Match Program – Article 14

The annual dinner of the Leinster Rugby Referees is the highlight of our somewhat limited social calendar and is always a great event. This year it took place in Wanderers FC on Saturday April 16th  was hosted by Leinster Rugby Referees President Wayne Sheridan of  Old Wesley RFC. A large gathering of provincial presidents, referees, assessor’s guests and friends attended the evening which was organised by the Referees Administration committee under Simon Owens which was attended by IRFU President Martin O’Sullivan and Leinster Rugby President Robert McDermott .

Leinster Match Program – Article 13

This article appeared in the Edinburgh Match Program

A warm welcome to today’s match official Marius Mitrea from the Italian Rugby Federation and his assistants Andy Brace, the experienced Leo Colgan and of course Dermot Moloney in the TMO box, from the Munster Association of Referees. We hope you receive a warm welcome and enjoy your Friday night in Dublin.

The annual dinner of the Leinster Rugby Referees is the highlight of our somewhat limited social calendar and is always a great event. It will take place in Wanderers FC tomorrow night Saturday April 16th  and will be hosted by Leinster Rugby Referees President Wayne Sheridan of Old Wesley FC. A large gathering of provincial presidents, referees, assessors guests and friends will attend the evening which was organised by the Referees Administration committee under Simon Owens.

Leinster Match Program – Article 12

This article appeared in the Munster match day program

Welcome to another high quality edition of referees corner and of course one of the great clashes in modern rugby – Leinster v Munster. Welcome to Ian Davies from the Welsh Rugby Union and our colleagues from the Ulster Society Mark Patton and David Wilkinson who are his assistants.  Our own Michael Carroll is assessing.

Schools Rugby

The dust has settled on the Bank of Ireland sponsored Leinster Schools Senior and Junior Cups. Well done to Belvedere College and Blackrock College on great wins. Of course these great finals could not have happened without some great refereeing. There was a team of seven involved in the Senior Cup Final in the RDS. Congratulations to Dermot Blake on a fine game and a well-deserved appointment.




Dermot was assisted by Paul Haycock and Brian Montayne, Simon Owens and Mark Power were the 4th and 5th officials , Kevin Beggs was in the TMO box and Tom Aplin was the match assessor. For the Junior Cup final there was a team of five in place. Gary Glennon was the referee for the game between St Michaels College and Blackrock College, with Chris Reynolds and Bernie White on the line. Susan Carty and Kevin Bolger were 4th and 5th officials.

Leinster Match Program – Article 11

With the Six Nations in full swing, we are delighted to see Donal Courtney heavily involved in the assessing of match officials. Donal recently attended the Metro area meeting and gave a great insight into his role with World Rugby. Helen O’Reilly will referee Scotland v France in the Womens Six Nations next weekend.

The Leinster Schools Senior cup moved into the quarter final stages last week. Congratulations to Dermot Blake (twice), Brian MacNeice, Cillian Hogan and Gary Glennon on their appointments to the four games. The cup now moves into the semi-final phase. The Schools Junior Cup quarter final fixtures will be played next week and appointments for those games will be made in due course. We have been delighted with the officiating in both competitions and have received great feedback. Obviously the new 4G pitch in Donnybrook has helped a great deal.