Referee Profile

Would you like to get to know our referees better? Our association is made of people from all corners of the province, from all sectors of the working and student world and each have a passion and love for the game. In the lead up to our next NEW REFEREE COURSE on the 12th of January 2020 we want to bring you as many profiles as possible. So first up…meet our current IPAS Candidate:


Name: Dhani McGuire
Age: 32
Occupation: Gym Manager
Club: Ballinasloe


When did you start refereeing and how?
It’s 5 years ago in November I think when Tom Horkan approached me about reffing following an injury that cut short my international playing dreams 😉. Did the affiliate course with Peter Fitzgibbon to start, did my trial with the association of referees Connacht branch and began reffing underage from there.


What has been your favourite referee experience?
Getting to work with the professional referees in the Pro14 and EPCR games as 4th or 5th official. You can always learn what to do in certain situations also what not to do in some instances………

What do you think is the toughest part of refereeing?
Travelling on your own can be the toughest part of refereeing the length of the province/country. A good podcast for the trip helps though.

What is your favourite aspect of refereeing?
The respect most teams show referees is super as you do not get that in too many other sports. Also the hospitality after the game from each club is usually exceptional .Some of the reasons players give you for “bending” aspects of the laws on the pitch can be funny at times.


If there was one law you would like players and manages to be more aware of what would it be?
19.30 (b)
Scrum-halfs are allowed to stay in line with the hindmost part of the scrum on their own side (their no 8s feet) and move anywhere along that line on the pitch once the play in the scrum begins.

What advice would you give to upcoming referees?
Referee what you see, if you didn’t see it you can’t give it!

What would you not leave home without?
Clean boots , Jason Cairns will try tell ye otherwise!!!!