Referees Corner – Issues 10 – Leicester – 2023/24

April 7, 2024 in News

Welcome to another edition of Referees Corner. Today’s match officials are Pierre Brousset (Fra) avec Jeremy Rozier (FRA) et Kevin Bralley (Fra). The TMO is Denis Grenouillet (Fra). Pierre was the man in the middle when we took on Sales Sharks earlier this season and Bath in the 21/22 season.  

The Top 14 referee was promoted to the World Rugby panel for the rugby sevens season in 2017 and was chosen by the World Rugby match officials selection panel to represent France during the 2016-2017 season of the 7-a-side world circuit . In 2019 he was promoted to the French National Panel. 

He has been a regular referee in the European Rugby Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup also.He made his debut refereeing in the 2021–22 United Rugby Championship, refereeing the match between Benetton and Connacht, becoming the 8th Frenchman to referee in the competition.

In other games this weekend we have some Leinster Rugby Referee representation. The game between Union Bordeaux-Bègles and Saracens will see Munster referee Frank Murphy in the middle with Eoghan Cross and Leinsters Andrew Cole. Leinsters Brian MacNeice is the TMO. Gloucester Rugby v Castres Olympique sees Andrew Brace in the middle with ARs: Keane Davison and Leinsters Robbie Jenkinson. The TMO is Olly Hodges. Edinburgh Rugby v Aviron Bayonnais see Chris Busby in the middle with ARs Peter Martin and Leinsters Paul Haycock with 

TMO Mark Patton. Best wishes to all referees in action this weekend.


As the season winds down, it is a great time to think about next season and perhaps joining the ranks of the Leinster Rugby Referees. Referees provide a vital function in servicing all levels of the game. Refereeing is also a fantastic hobby and is increasingly becoming a genuine alternative to playing the game.

Whether you have aspirations to referee at the highest level or to referee locally, there is a place for you. There are excellent support structures in place to develop referees and a thriving social aspect too.

There are a number of benefits to becoming a referee:

  • Refereeing is a great way to stay involved in the game. You are in the thick of the action on the pitch.
  • Fitness is a key element to refereeing and provides our referees with a great incentive to maintain their fitness.
  • Education is an ongoing part of being a referee.
  • There are monthly area meetings to keep all referees up to date with all aspects of the law.
  • This means our referees are constantly learning and up to date with the latest law changes and interpretations.
  • Whatever level you aspire to referee at there is a place for you – refereeing underage games in your area, or adult games throughout your province.
  • For referees who perform at a consistently high level there are opportunities to referee nationally in the Energia All Ireland League.
  • There is an excellent social aspect to refereeing. You will meet a broad range of new people and forge new friendships.
  • You will gain membership to your provincial association/society. Benefits of this include access to tickets.
  • Once you become a full member of your provincial association/society you will have access to all the referee gear.
  • This is exclusive to members and the gear is supplied by our sponsors Castore.

 

Feel free to make contact with the Leinster Rugby Referees at hayley.whyte@leinsterrugby.ie or sean.gallagher@irfu.ie  If you are interested in becoming a referee get in contact with us through our Facebook, our website www.leinsterrugbyreferees.ie or through X @leinsterreferee