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Dublin: 7°C Thursday 24 September 2020


# referees - Tuesday 22 September, 2020

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.

# referees - Tuesday 8 September, 2020

Referees appointed for Leinster and Ulster Champions Cup quarter-finals

EPCR has confirmed the officiating line-ups.

# referees - Monday 10 February, 2020

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 - Tuesday 22 October, 2019

Peyper apologies for 'inappropriate' photo as Owens and Garcès get semi-finals

The South African referee was not considered for selection this weekend.

# referees - Thursday 19 September, 2019

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.

# referees - Monday 27 May, 2019

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.

# referees - Wednesday 15 May, 2019

'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.

# referees - Monday 8 April, 2019

'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.

# referees - Tuesday 27 November, 2018

'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.

# referees - Friday 16 November, 2018

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Possible lifetime ban to be brought in for people who assault referees

A new tiered system of sanctions is set to be introduced.

# referees - Friday 2 November, 2018

'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.

# referees - Tuesday 16 October, 2018

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.

# referees - Tuesday 9 October, 2018

Ball-carriers, beware! Clampdown on the leading forearm/elbow continues

Scarlets centre Kieron Fonotia has been banned for three weeks.

# referees - Sunday 7 October, 2018

How the Pro14 is aiming to bring about 'world-class' refereeing

Greg Garner, the Pro14′s elite referee manager, explains their five-year plan.

# referees - Monday 1 October, 2018

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.

# referees - Sunday 16 September, 2018

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.

# referees - Thursday 13 September, 2018

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.

# referees - Wednesday 29 August, 2018

'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.

# referees - Thursday 12 April, 2018

Here are the 18 football and 10 hurling referees for the 2018 championship

The GAA has released its panel of officials for the summer.

# referees - Wednesday 28 February, 2018

Owens to ref Munster, Leinster get Garcès, and Poite in charge for Connacht

EPCR has confirmed the refereeing appointments for the European quarter-finals.

# referees - Friday 7 July, 2017

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.

# referees - Tuesday 9 May, 2017

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.

# referees - Saturday 1 April, 2017

Referees not learning from Coleman incident and more Premier League talking points

There were some ill-tempered moments in today’s Merseyside Derby.

# referees - Thursday 23 March, 2017

Peyper, Garcès and Poite to referee Lions' Tests against All Blacks

World Rugby have also confirmed the match officials for Ireland’s summer tour.

# referees - Tuesday 20 December, 2016

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.

# referees - Thursday 8 December, 2016

'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.

# referees - Thursday 17 November, 2016

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.

# referees - Sunday 17 April, 2016

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.

# referees - Thursday 14 April, 2016

Lacey gets Challenge semi with Owens and Poite in charge for Champions Cup

EPCR have announced the referees for the European semi-finals weekend.

# referees - Tuesday 5 January, 2016

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.

# referees - Wednesday 23 December, 2015

21 months later: Jerome Garces will take charge of Saracens v Ulster

Nigel Owens will take charge of Munster’s postponed trip to Paris.

# referees - Wednesday 1 July, 2015

We now know who will referee Ireland's games at the Rugby World Cup

Nigel Owens will take charge of Ireland v France.

# referees - Thursday 16 April, 2015

These are the 18 football and 12 hurling referees for the 2015 senior GAA championships

There’ll be 18 football referees and 12 in hurling this summer.

# referees - Friday 5 December, 2014

Referees in focus for Munster as fullback Jones keeps up with trends

Kicking is an important part of Munster’s gameplan, and Jones says it’s generally ‘massive within Ireland.’

# referees - Saturday 25 October, 2014

Intercounty refs are needed for big club ties, as 'there's too much at stake'

Niall Daly felt that his club deserved a replay for a refereeing performance which he claims cost them a Championship final place.

# referees - Wednesday 22 October, 2014

Liam O'Neill wants to see ex-players fast tracked to refereeing inter county games

O’Neill is also open to changing the inter-county calendar for the benefit of club games.

# referees - Thursday 11 September, 2014

History Makers - Female refs to take charge for all the 2014 All-Ireland ladies football finals

There’ll be new ground broken for the finals on September 28th.

# referees - Saturday 21 June, 2014

'Michael Fennelly giving a slap of the hurl across the arse. Yes you did. Free in' Men In Black This post contains videos

'Michael Fennelly giving a slap of the hurl across the arse. Yes you did. Free in'

Barry Kelly, the man who sent off ‘Kilkenny’s favourite son’, stars in Setanta Sports documentary on referees.

# referees - Monday 16 June, 2014

Rugby technique: When good chop tackles go bad

Matías Cortese was yellow carded for a dangerous tackle against Ireland on Saturday.

# referees - Thursday 10 April, 2014

Coincidence? The black card has led to scores per game increasing by over 10%

The GAA have released statistics to reflect the effect of the black card.

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