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Wednesday 29 March 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Referees

Last week
19th March 2023 - 25th March 2023
Referees confirmed for Champions Cup round-of-16 clashes
The matchups include Leinster v Ulster and Cell C Sharks v Munster Rugby.
Last year
# var
Referees ‘made to look foolish’ by Premier League’s usage of VAR
West Ham and Newcastle had goals controversially disallowed on Saturday following checks.
# Mitigation
URC ref boss says there's too much inconsistency with high tackle decisions
EPCR and the URC will hold a workshop next week as they look to nail down a clear message.
# Match Officials
'Do we come down hard on the referees? Yes, we have very honest chats'
The URC’s head of match officials, Tappe Henning, has been busy since joining in December.
# Match Officials
Peyper and Gardner among referees for Ireland's Six Nations clashes
The IRFU’s Andrew Brace, Frank Murphy, Chris Busby, Joy Neville, and Brian MacNeice are also involved.
All time
# Sport
Two-thirds of referees leave within two years over abuse, FAI says
An Oireachtas committee heard evidence from Ireland’s largest sporting organisations about the abuse that referees face.
# shortage
Munster hope to resolve refereeing dispute 'as a matter of urgency'
The Munster Association of Referees has issues with the Branch’s proposed governance changes.
# Ref Justice
‘A sad day for football’: Dublin youth league fixtures cancelled following referee abuse
550 Dublin schoolboy and schoolgirl games to be cancelled in response to ‘constant abuse and threatening behaviour’.
# on the whistle
IRFU refs Brace and Murphy appointed to European semi-final clashes
Nigel Owens and Mike Adamson will be in charge of the other two fixtures.
# Taking Charge
Referees appointed for Leinster and Ulster Champions Cup quarter-finals
EPCR has confirmed the officiating line-ups.
# Men in Black
Refs chief on Clifford's red and why more time should've been played at end of Meath-Mayo
Willie Barrett discusses the weekend’s time-keeping issues and David Clifford’s controversial red card.
# Referees
Peyper apologies for 'inappropriate' photo as Owens and Garcès get semi-finals
The South African referee was not considered for selection this weekend.
# heating up
All Blacks name strong XV as Hansen accuses Erasmus of pressuring referee
The Kiwis have gone for Ryan Crotty and Anton Lienert-Brown in midfield.
# decisions
World Rugby aims for consistency with new high tackle framework
Owen Farrell’s shoulder charge against South Africa last November should have seen him yellow-carded.
# Men in Black
'We have to protect the head' - GAA referees will crack down on high tackles this summer
Officials will be less forgiving for any tackles around head area over the coming months.
# The Breakdown
'If a clear out is illegal then we need to referee that and get it out of the game'
Nigel Owens says it is up to the ‘guardians of the game’ to ensure players entering rucks dangerously are punished.
# heated debate
'It's not surprising. People generally are sceptical of change. That's true in any walk of life.'
The new rules for Gaelic football have sparked plenty reaction.
# daniel sweeney
Possible lifetime ban to be brought in for people who assault referees
A new tiered system of sanctions is set to be introduced.
# No Show
'We paid €650 for a bus to Galway and no linesmen showed up. It's a complete lack of respect'
Galway and Limerick played their final WNL game of the season on Sunday, but a goalkeeping coach and another local man had to act as the referee’s assistants.
# sideshow
All-Ireland hurling final ref Owens 'can understand' James McGrath's outrage after snub
‘I would have been upset if I didn’t get the call,’ the Wexford man said.
# trend
Ball-carriers, beware! Clampdown on the leading forearm/elbow continues
Scarlets centre Kieron Fonotia has been banned for three weeks.
# Whistleblowers
How the Pro14 is aiming to bring about 'world-class' refereeing
Greg Garner, the Pro14′s elite referee manager, explains their five-year plan.
# bad officiating
Despite all the technology in the world, NFL referees continue to be terrible
2018 is proving to be a great season except in one area, writes Steve O’Rourke.
# Try: Yes or No?
What role should the TMO play in rugby? A key question for the sport
World Rugby expressed its unhappiness with the current situation in July.
# on the whistle
Munster, Leinster and Ulster set for French refs in first round of Champions Cup
Romain Poite, Pascal Gaüzère and Jérôme Garcès are first up for the Irish provinces.
# Jackal
'That's where you're getting so much punishment - three massive free shots'
Sean O’Brien is making his way back from a shoulder injury and wants jackaling players to be protected.
# Men in Black
Here are the 18 football and 10 hurling referees for the 2018 championship
The GAA has released its panel of officials for the summer.
# Men in the Middle
Owens to ref Munster, Leinster get Garcès, and Poite in charge for Connacht
EPCR has confirmed the refereeing appointments for the European quarter-finals.
# Interview
Lions 10 Johnny Sexton proving his doubters wrong once again
Warren Gatland turned to the Ireland out-half in the Lions’ time of need and he delivered.
# Men in Black
Cormac Reilly back in mix to referee football championship after being left out last year
The GAA announce their list of officials for this summer’s Gaelic football and hurling championships.
# Analysis
Referees not learning from Coleman incident and more Premier League talking points
There were some ill-tempered moments in today’s Merseyside Derby.
# on the whistle
Peyper, Garcès and Poite to referee Lions' Tests against All Blacks
World Rugby have also confirmed the match officials for Ireland’s summer tour.
# Appointments
Ex-Ireland captain Joy Neville to take charge of potential Women's Six Nations decider
Helen O’Reilly and Simon McDowell will also be on duty during the Championship in 2017.
# It's Just Not Working
'The black card has been a failure for the association in all respects' - Tyrone official hits out
Strong words of criticism here for the disciplinary rule.
# Better late than never
Premier League running secret trials for video referees
Secret non-live trials using video technology to assess refereeing decisions have been conducted in 12 games in the top flight this season.
# Interview
Eamonn O'Hara blasts 'pathetic' refereeing as blight on Gaelic football
And the former Sligo footballer believes the introduction of the mark will do little to change the style of play that is bemoaned by so many.
# Whistleblowers
Lacey gets Challenge semi with Owens and Poite in charge for Champions Cup
EPCR have announced the referees for the European semi-finals weekend.
# law book
World Rugby has confirmed more fascinating law trials for 2016
The offside line will be one metre back from a new ‘breakdown,’ with two referees on the pitch.
# where when who
21 months later: Jerome Garces will take charge of Saracens v Ulster
Nigel Owens will take charge of Munster’s postponed trip to Paris.
# Men in the Middle
We now know who will referee Ireland's games at the Rugby World Cup
Nigel Owens will take charge of Ireland v France.