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IRFU Referees On Duty In PRO14, Rugby Championship And Celtic Cup

IRFU Referees On Duty In PRO14, Rugby Championship And Celtic Cup

This weekend sees Irish match officials on duty across the GUINNESS PRO14, the Rugby Championship, the inaugural Celtic Cup, and the Women’s and underage Interprovincial Championships.

The Celtic Cup development competition kicks off on Friday evening with IRFU international referee Joy Neville taking charge of Ulster ‘A’ v Leinster ‘A’ at Malone RFC in Belfast, while Ulster’s own Jonny Erskine is in charge of the Munster ‘A’ v Connacht ‘A’ tie at Irish Independent Park.

John Lacey is providing assistant referee support to New Zealand’s Glen Jackson at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane as Australia host South Africa in the third round of the Rugby Championship.

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In the GUINNESS PRO14 there are 14 Irish match officials on duty over the weekend with Frank Murphy, Andrew Brace and Sean Gallagher all occupying main roles for games in round 2.

In round 2 of the IRFU Women’s Interprovincial Championship, Colm Roche has the whistle as Ulster welcome reigning champions Munster to Portadown RFC’s Chambers Park, and Barry Moloney is in the middle as Connacht host Leinster at the Sportsground.


Friday, September 7 –

Celtic Cup
Ulster ‘A’ v Leinster ‘A’ – Joy Neville (Referee), Chris Busby (AR1), Richard Kerr (AR2)
Munster ‘A’ v Connacht ‘A’ – Jonny Erskine (Referee), Eddie Hogan O’Connell (AR1), Richard Horgan (AR2)

Ulster v Edinburgh – Kieran Barry (AR1), Robert O’Sullivan (AR2), Olly Hodges (TMO)

Saturday, September 8 –

Rugby Championship
Australia v South Africa – John Lacey (AR1)

Dragons v Isuzu Southern Kings – Frank Murphy (Referee), Nigel Correll (AR1)
Connacht v Zebre – John Carvill (AR2)
Ospreys v Toyota Cheetahs – Andrew Brace (Referee), George Clancy (AR1)
Benetton Rugby v Cardiff Blues – Sean Gallagher (Referee), Stuart Gaffikin (AR1)

IRFU Under-19 Interprovincial Championship
Leinster U-19s v Munster U-19s – Oisin Quinn (Referee)
Ulster U-19s v Connacht U-19s – Cillian Hogan (Referee)

Sunday, September 9 –

IRFU Under-18 Women’s Interprovincial Championship
Ulster U-18 Women v Leinster U-18 Women – Keane Davison (Referee)
Connacht U-18 Women v Munster U-18 Women – Katie Kilbane (Referee)

IRFU Women’s Interprovincial Championship
Ulster Women v Munster Women – Colm Roche (Referee)
Connacht Women v Leinster Women – Barry Moloney (Referee)

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