ARCB AGM 2018

The 2018 ARCB AGM will be held on Friday May 18th in the Connacht Hotel, Galway.
Final time and other information on nominees, proposals, motions etc. to follow.

Please make every effort to attend.

IRFU Referees to put Strong Focus on Penalising Foul Play in Domestic Game

Jason Cairns in AIL actionThe IRFU’s Referees Department will place a renewed focus on existing foul play laws to remove illegal and dangerous collision based contact from domestic competitions in Ireland.

The areas of focus centre on foul play at the tackle, the breakdown and off-the-ball contact.  These offences will be upgraded to penalties and yellow or red cards depending on the severity of the incident.

The aim of this initiative is to soften the impact of the tackle and ruck or maul entry by removing shoulder first or shoulder only contact. i.e. shoulder charging with no attempt or a late attempt to wrap arms upon contact.  There will also be a renewed focus on protecting players in vulnerable or prone positions in rucks and mauls.

The law interpretations will be enforced in all competitions from U13 age grade through to the Ulster Bank League. Under the umbrella of the Ref SMART programme a series of instruction videos have been produced to inform coaches and players of the illegal actions that will be clamped down on this season.  These videos are available online at www.irishrugby.ie/rugbysmart.
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Pre-season Workshop Review

ARCB Pre Season 2016-17 The ARCB began the new season last weekend when all referees, assessors, selectors and committee members met in Corinthians RFC for their annual pre-season meeting. Aidan Siggins from the club greeted the referees and kindly offered them a cup of tea, over which they had an opportunity to discuss their time away from rugby over the summer and how their rigorous fitness regimes were going as they prepared for the new season. Everybody was in good spirits and looking forward to getting back into rugby.

President Louis Cunningham opened the meeting and gave an update on the hard work that had been done during the summer, in preparation for the new season. John Carr, representing the Branch Competitions Committee outlined the league format, changes to the regulations and reemphasised the need for referees to familiarise themselves with the uncontested scrum regulations before taking to the pitch.  Continue reading

ARCB Pre Season Workshop 2016-17 Update

Community Referee Launch 1

The Pre-Season Meeting for 2016-17 will take place on Saturday 13th August 2016 in Corinthians RFC.

Agenda:

  • 9.30  – Registration
  • 10.00 – Start
  • 12.30 – Lunch
  • 14.30 – Finish

It is very important that you attend this meeting if you wish to be considered for selection in the coming season 2016-17, as there are a number of law changes etc. No referee can be selected for any games in 2016-17 until they have completed the training on these changes etc.

Additionally during registration you will need to complete the IRFU Code of Conduct for the coming season another prerequisite to selection.

The membership fee of €25 can also be paid at registration on the morning and membership cards will be available for all paid up members who supplied a mugshot.

In order that we can plan lunch etc. appropriately, please respond to James Langan ASAP as to whether you will be attending or not.

Referee Information Evening with John Lacey and Frank Murphy

Wednesday 30th March 2016 @ 7-8pm, The Connacht Hotel

John Lacey

The growing popularity of rugby across the province and country has brought with it an ever increasing demand for quality referees to officiate in matches at all levels of the game. The best people to take up the whistle are those who have knowledge and experience through playing and coaching, and the Association of Referees Connacht Branch are always looking for people to get involved.

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IRFU Accepted onto World Rugby’s Raleri Goggles Trial

World Rugby LogoThe Irish Rugby Football Union has been accepted onto the World Rugby Raleri Goggle trial allowing those requiring the use of goggles to now apply to World Rugby to participate in the trial and purchase a pair of Raleri goggles, if accepted onto the trial. 

The IRFU reminds all players, coaches, referees and parents that the trial is limited to the Raleri goggle only, and in accordance with the terms of the World Rugby trial, no other eye-wear will be permitted, for health and safety reasons, in contact forms of the game.

The World Rugby site advises:

“It should be noted that only those Rugby Goggles carrying the official World Rugby Trial Approved logo will be permitted to be used in the trial, and all participants must demonstrate their need for the Rugby Goggles through a letter from their ophthalmologist (or similar expert) stating that there is an ophthalmic or medical need for their use. Inspections and checks may be performed by match referees to ensure that all participants have complied with these conditions.”

The IRFU encourages parents, players, coaches and volunteers to review information available from World Rugby in relation to the trial – http://playerwelfare.worldrugby.org/goggles.

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November General Meeting

James Langan RefereeThe November ARCB general members meeting will take place this Thursday 26th in the Sportsground at 8pm.

Sean will give a presentation on the lineout. Please make every effort to attend