10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
The conference was opend by Eddie Wigglesworth, IRFU Director of Rugby, and there were keynote addresses from Ireland Assistant Coach Les Kiss, High Performance Manager Allen Clarke and IRFU Technical Director Steve Aboud.
Squad based workshops were undertaken by Wayne Mitchell (U-18 Clubs), Noel McNamara (U-18 Schools), Colin McEntee (U-19s) and Mike Ruddock (U-20s).
Ireland Assistant Coach Gert Smal, who has been given the all clear for the Summer Tour to New Zealand, was also on hand to share his expertise.
This conference and the previous serve to reinforce the alignment and aspects of the IRFU Technical Model. They also cement relationships and closer links between Representative Age Grade coaches and the Elite Player pathways.
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