The All-Ireland League kicks off this weekend, with IRFU match officials in action across the length and breadth of the country, while there are also appointments in the GUINNES PRO14, the Celtic Cup and in the Rugby Europe Trophy competition.
Jonny Erskine takes charge of the Leinster ‘A’ against Ospreys Development in the Celtic Cup tonight, at the same time as George Clancy referees Cardiff Blues v Toyota Cheetahs in Wales in the latest round of the GUINNESS PRO14.
Rugby also returns to the main pitch at the Aviva Stadium this evening as Richard Kerr blows the first whistle of the new All-Ireland League season. He is the man in the middle at Irish Rugby HQ when Wanderers entertain Greystones in the Division 2B opener.
Saturday sees Stuart Gaffikin, along with his assistant referees Oisin Quinn and Daniel Carson, travel to Zlin in the Czech Republic for the Rugby Europe Trophy first round clash between the Czech Republic and Poland national teams.
Robert O’Sullivan referees Ulster ‘A’ v Dragons ‘A’ in the Celtic Cup and three of the PRO14 games on Saturday will be refereed by Irish officials, with Frank Murphy appointed to Zebre v Ospreys, John Lacey refereeing the interprovincial derby between Connacht and Leinster at the Sportsground, and Sean Gallagher is the man in the middle for Scarlets against Isuzu Southern Kings.
In addition, there is a full set of fixtures in Divisions 2A, 2B and 2C of the All-Ireland League on Saturday afternoon.
IRFU REFEREE APPOINTMENTS – SEPTEMBER 28-29:
Friday, September 28 –
Leinster ‘A’ v Ospreys Development – Jonny Erskine (Ref), Richard Horgan (AR1), Tim Townend (AR2)
Cardiff Blues v Toyota Cheetahs – George Clancy (Referee), Joy Neville (AR1)
All-Ireland League Division 2B
Wanderers v Greystones – Richard Kerr (Referee)
Saturday, September 29 –
Rugby Europe Trophy
Czech Republic v Poland – Stuart Gaffikin (Referee), Oisin Quinn (AR1), Daniel Carson (AR2)
Ulster ‘A’ v Dragons ‘A’ – Robert O’Sullivan (Referee), Jonathan Peak (AR1), Peter Martin (AR2)
Zebre v Ospreys – Frank Murphy (Referee), Eddie Hogan O’Connell (AR1)
Connacht v Leinster – John Lacey (Referee), Andrew Brace (AR1), Kieran Barry (AR2), Simon McDowell (TMO)
Scarlets v Isuzu Southern Kings – Sean Gallagher (Referee), Mark Patton (AR1)
Munster v Ulster – Nigel Correll (AR2), Brian MacNeice (TMO)
All-Ireland League Division 2A
Cashel v Dolphin – Barrie O’Connell (Referee)
UL Bohemians v Highfield – Chris Busby (Referee)
Navan v Nenagh Ormond – Chris Harrington (Referee)
Queen’s University v Old Crescent – Helen O’Reilly (Referee)
Blackrock College v Galwegians – Richard Horgan (Referee)
All-Ireland League Division 2B
Sunday’s Well v Sligo – John Carvill (Referee)
MU Barnhall v Rainey Old Boys – Ken Imbusch (Referee)
Dungannon v Skerries – Mike Scanlon (Referee)
Corinthians v Belfast Harlequins – Shane Kierans (Referee)
All-Ireland League Division 2C
Midelton v Bruff – Colm Roche (Referee)
Ballina v Omagh – Barry Maloney (Referee)
Malahide v Bangor – Daithi Flood (Referee)
City of Derry v Tullamore – Jason Carins (Referee)
Thomond v Seapoint – Henry Richmond (Referee)
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