The final round of the GUINNESS PRO12 and the Ulster Bank League Division 1A final are on this weekend, making it a busy one for Irish referees.
Saturday will see all PRO12 games kick off simultaneously at 3pm and there will be IRFU officials involved in five of the six games. John Lacey will referee Edinburgh against Cardiff Blues and David Wilkinson will referee Zebre versus the Dragons.
In the RDS, Joy Neville, one of Ireland’s up-and-coming referees, will be one of the assistant referees alongside Frank Murphy for Leinster’s game against Benetton Treviso.
The former Ireland Women’s international has been rising steadily through the ranks since taking up refereeing in 2014. In March of this year she refereed her first Women’s Six Nations match between Wales and Italy and she has also officiated in the Ulster Bank League this season.
In the Sportsground in Galway, Gary Conway and Kieran Barry will be assistant referees for Connacht’s clash with Glasgow Warriors, with Olly Hodges as TMO.
Munster’s final round encounter with Scarlets at Thomond Park will see Dudley Phillips and Nigel Correll as assistant referees.
In the Junior Interpro fixtures, Glenn Sheridan will referee Munster versus Ulster and Richard Horgan will be the man in the middle when Connacht meet Leinster.
On Sunday, Andy Brace will referee his first Ulster Bank League Division 1A final when Clontarf meet Cork Con at the Aviva Stadium.
The Munster referee has also been progressing well through the IRFU refereeing ranks and has been involved in the European competitions this season. He will be assisted by Nigel Correll and Paul Haycock, with Helen O’Reilly and Cillian Hogan as the 4th and 5th officials.
IRFU REFEREE APPOINTMENTS – MAY 7-8:
Saturday, May 7 –
Connacht v Glasgow Warriors – Gary Conway (AR1), Kieran Barry (AR2), Olly Hodges (TMO)
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues – John Lacey (Referee)
Leinster v Benetton Treviso – Frank Murphy (AR1), Joy Neville (AR2)
Munster v Scarlets – Dudley Phillips (AR1), Nigel Correll (AR2)
Zebre v Newport Gwent Dragons – David Wilkinson (Referee)
IRFU Junior Interprovincial Championship
Munster v Ulster – Glenn Sheridan (Referee)
Connacht v Leinster – Richard Horgan (Referee)
Sunday, May 8 –
Ulster Bank League Division 1A Final
Clontarf v Cork Constitution – Andy Brace (Referee), Nigel Correll (AR1), Paul Haycock (AR2), Helen O’Reilly (4th Official), Cillian Hogan (5th Official)