February Members Workshop

Jason Cairns in AIL actionOur next monthly General Members Workshop will take place on Thursday 25th February at 8pm in the The Connacht Hotel (Inishmore Suite). The workshop topic is Communication, please make every effort to attend

January Irish Independent Article

Refs play vital role in ‘grass roots to green shirt’ scheme

by Damian Eames

Damian Eames and Mossy Moran of the ARCB with Paul Cronin of Ardex

Damian Eames and Mossy Moran of the ARCB with Paul Cronin of Ardex

A lot of exciting news this past week for Connacht Rugby. A great win for Pat Lam’s charges in the Challenge Cup. Five players from the province being selected for respective Senior and Under 20 Six Nations squads. Closer to home, the different schools cup competitions are in full swing and producing some exciting rugby.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that our increased representation across the different national squads, is a reflection of the investment and targeted work being carried in Connacht. The obvious example would be coaching, from those involved with mini-rugby right up to the provincial elite squads.

Behind the obvious there are many examples of where rugby in Connacht is working hard to be best in class. The quality of our player pipeline is, in part, nurtured through the annual schools cup competitions. This season we have more teams participating across all Senior and Junior Cups. A move away from “knock out” to a “pool” orientated system gives school players the chance to play more games. More games means more referees are needed. 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.

Continue reading

Irish Independent Referees Article (December)

Connacht Branch referee Jason Cairns and his bride Naomi Maguire had appropriate figurines on their wedding cake

Connacht Branch referee Jason Cairns and his bride Naomi Maguire had appropriate figurines on their wedding cake

As we come to end of another calendar year, those in the Association of Referees Connacht Branch (ARCB), are just arriving at the midway point of their season.

Despite the recent deluges across the province, it has been a busy number of months for ARCB on and off the pitch.

A new season brought a number of changes in our executive and other supporting committees. It has been encouraging to see a number of new faces taking an active role in supporting the development of refereeing in Connacht. Continue reading

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/

Off-Field Gear

Below is an order form for ARCB Off-Field Gear, which members may purchase for the new season. There is no obligation on members to purchase any items. For any queries you may have contact Shane McElwee via email (shane@castlebarrfc.com)

All order forms must be submitted by e-mail to shane@castlebarrfc.com by Friday 31st July. All gear will be available for collection at the ARCB pre season meeting on August 15th in Galway. Payment can be made on collection on the 15th August.

Order Form (Excel Format)

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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

New Referees Course – 28th November 2015

Ulster Bank League Division 1A Final, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 9/5/2015 Lansdowne vs Clontarf Referee Sean Gallagher  Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The Association of Referees Connacht Branch (ARCB) will be holding their next new referees course on Saturday 28th November in the Sportsground.

Why become a referee?

Benefits to you:

  • 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.

Benefits to the game and the players:

  • Safe and controlled.
  • Structured.
  • Neutral referees.
  • Enhanced playing experience.
  • Values of the game are maintained.

I’m interested!

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 is 086 1735096 or you can reach him by e-mail at sean.gallagher@irfu.ie

BETTER REFEREE = BETTER GAME = BETTER PLAYERS

Connacht Community Referee Scheme Launched

Community Referee Launch Photo

ARCB President Mossy Moran and Katie Kilbane with Domestic Rugby Manager Eric Elwood

This season, in an attempt to encourage more participation in refereeing in the province, the Association of Referees Connacht Branch, in conjunction with the IRFU and Connacht Rugby, have implemented a Community Referee grade within the ranks of the ARCB.

Unlike regular recruits, who referee matches at all levels across the province, Community Referees will be ring-fenced for youth rugby in their locality. Ideal candidates should be reasonably fit, have a good understanding of the game and be available to referee. The first intake of Community Referees will be at the New Referees Course on 28th November 2015 in the Sportsground.

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Mossy Moran, Lyndon Jones, Katie Kilbane and Eric Elwood

What are the benefits of becoming a Community Referee?

  • Full Membership of the ARCB
  • New Referees Course
  • Referee Youth Rugby Locally
  • ARCB Appointed
  • Trial Member Process
  • One on One Coaching
  • Continuous Professional Development

I’m interested!

Seán Gallagher is the IRFU Referee Development Officer for this scheme and would be delighted to talk you through what is involved in becoming a Community Referee. His mobile is 086-1735096 or you can reach him by e-mail at sean.gallagher@irfu.ie

BETTER REFEREE = BETTER GAME = BETTER PLAYERS

Workshops 2015-16

Last season, four extra general members workshops were run on various topics that arose. For this season they are on 08th October, 05th November, 11th February and 10th March.

The first of these workshops will be next Thursday, 08th October, in the Sportsground from 8-9pm.

It will be a Touch Judging Workshop for the referees who have started in the last few seasons and those who want to brush up on the basics. We encourage as many people as possible to attend, as you can’t revise the basics enough!