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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Whistle Blower – February Edition

Connacht Rugby Programme (Feb 27th v Ospreys) – by Damian Eames

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The game is three minutes old and Connacht have an attacking line-out on the opposition’s ten metre line. Quick tap of the top and the ball is spun out wide to the backs. The spearhead of our green attack is meet with a fast approaching defensive wall. Across the ground a chorus of “offside Ref”, vibrates out from the Clan Terrace.

In the midst of such an unsympathetic symphony, you might wonder who’d want to be a referee. The answer; how about you? Seriously, what is stopping you? Continue reading

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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ARCB Dinner 2016

Ardiluan HotelThe annual ARCB dinner for our The President, Tom Mossy Moran will take place on Saturday, 20th Feb 2016 in The Ardilaun Hotel, Taylors Hill, Galway at 8.30 pm (Drinks Reception 7.30pm)

As with previous years this is an important night for ARCB members to catch up and get together socially for a change, please make every effort to attend the dinner and show your support for Mossy.

An e-mail will be sent out in a few weeks to get exact numbers but if you are intending on bringing any guests please let me James Langan know asap.

Room Rates – €60pps Twin Room B&B or €80 Single B&B can be booked directly with the hotel. http://www.theardilaunhotel.ie/