The men’s All-Ireland League will have its first-ever female referee tonight

HELEN O’REILLY IS set to become the first-ever female referee of a men’s All-Ireland League game when she takes charge of Sundays Well’s meeting with Kanturk at Musgrave Park this evening [KO 19.30]. Image: James Crombie/INPHO O’Reilly was appointed to the IRFU’s national panel of referees in December and is enjoying an ever-growing reputation within […]

RFU bans two supporters accused of directing homophobic abuse at referee

The referee Nigel Owens, right, is drenched as the heavens open during England’s defeat against New Zealand. Photograph: Hugh Routledge/Rex The Rugby Football Union has issued two-year Twickenham bans to two men accused of directing homophobic abuse at the referee Nigel Owens, the governing body has announced. The RFU launched an investigation into allegations of […]

InTouch TVV USRFR Referee Patrick Rae comments on a marked increase in skills and awareness of the laws and respect for the referees at all levels

The Ulster Rugby Referees are very proud of all Ulster rugby players and their professionalism and conduct on and off the pitch. Patrick comments on an increasing appreciation for the laws of the game and the increasing respect that Ulster Rugby players at all levels show to referees and the laws of the game. This […]