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Montayne brothers keeping the whistle in the family

On January 14, 2001, John Montayne's trial match as a referee was assessed by Sean Hanahoe. John's brother Brian joined the ranks a matter of months later with his trial match in October watched by Harry Burke.

Both brothers had succumbed to the persuasion of Denis Collins, their Seapoint Rugby club-mate and stalwart of the Leinster Rugby Referees, in taking up the whistle.

Brian and John were appointed to the IRFU Referees Panel in 2006 and 2008 respectively, the first siblings to do so. Brian was given the honour of refereeing the JCT Final in 2009 and a year later the same honour was given to John.

"The JCT final may be the biggest match some of these players will ever be involved in and therefore requires great attention to detail and preparation," said John.

"I remember one assessor telling me that refereeing requires you to behave like a swan -- graceful and controlled on the outside, but paddling furiously underneath!"

This season Brian was appointed to officiate the Leinster Senior League Cup Final which saw St Mary's face UCD. "It was a real test of my fitness as both teams were intent on moving the ball from anywhere," said Brian.

It's interesting for the family when Schools cup Rugby comes around in February as brother Conor is the Monkstown CBC Junior coach.