Tuesday 22 August 2017

O'Connell leads hunt for refs

IRFU Referee Development Manager Peter Fitzgibbon Photo:©INPHO/James Crombie
IRFU Referee Development Manager Peter Fitzgibbon Photo:©INPHO/James Crombie

IRFU referee development manager Peter Fitzgibbon recently hosted two law workshops for coaches in Killarney and Clonmel.

The workshops identified the main rugby laws and their interpretations for the season ahead.

Fitzgibbon presented to coaches on law application guidelines surrounding ruck, scrum and other areas of focus ahead of this year's action.

The Munster Association Of Referees (MAR) are currently recruiting for new referees to take up the role throughout the province with their next referee's course taking place this Sunday at Mallow GAA Club.

The call is open to both male and females who would like to take the general refereeing path or those who wish to support clubs at a local level through community refereeing.

Former Munster and Ireland international Paul O'Connell has strongly supported the Munster Association of Referees over the years and spoke recently at a recruitment launch.

O'Connell said that both Munster and Irish rugby need more referees and he encouraged those interested to take up the role and give something back to the game.

He said referees were both mentors and coaches to him as he moved through the underage ranks.

He mentioned how at underage level referees helped young players understand the need for discipline which helped with their development pathway.

Contact peter.fitzgibbon@irfu.ie to book your place on one of the Munster refereeing course.

UL seeks members

UL Bohemians are running a 'Give it a Try' night this Monday, September 19 from 7.0-9.0pm in Annacotty.

The club have numerous women's teams from mixed minis, U-12 and this season they are hoping to field an U-13 or U-15s team.

The senior UL Bohs ladies team compete in the AIL and they will also be fielding a second ladies XV this year.

The Shannonsiders also fielded two women's sides for the first time: they ran out 55-0 winners over Highfield in their AIL opener while the seconds beat Richmond RFC in a friendly.

Irish Independent

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