Frank Murphy in PRO14 action earlier this season
IRFU referees will be involved in a host of different fixtures over the festive period but it is the involvement in the Guinness PRO14 Interpro derbies that take centre stage.
On Friday night George Clancy will be on duty as Leinster host Ulster at the RDS with Frank Murphy and Kieran Barry in AR support. The following day Andy Brace will be in the Sportsgrounds as Connacht welcome Munster. Sean Gallagher and Paul Haycock will be supporting from the touchlines.
The following week as the players look to digest the Christmas break and head into another round of provincial derbies Sean Gallagher will have the whistle as Connacht travel to the Kingspan Stadium. In AR support will be Andy Brace and Nigel Correll.
Frank Murphy has been tasked with officiating the Munster v Leinster game at Thomond Park on Saturday 28th December. George Clancy and Chris Busby will fill the AR roles. Also on that day Joy Neville will be in Twickenham to referee the game between Harlequins Women and Leinster Women in another first for the female code.
The final round of interpro fixtures in the first few days of January sees the Irish officials’ hegemony broken as Welsh ref Dan Jones claims the whistle for the Ulster v Munster game in Belfast. Sean Gallagher will provide AR support for that game. On Saturday 4th January Scottish referee Mike Adamson is the man in the middle for Connacht’s trip to the RDS.
Other IRFU referees on duty in Round 10 of the Guinness PRO14 include Frank Murphy (Cardiff v Scarlets), Andy Brace (Dragons v Ospreys) and Joy Neville (Edinburgh v Southern Kings)
IRFU Referee Appointments 19th December 2019 – 4th January 2020
Thursday 19th December, 2019
Energia AIL Div1b
Old Wesley v Navan: E. Cross
Friday 20th December, 2019
Leinster v Ulster: G. Clancy (Ref), F. Murphy (AR1), K. Barry (AR2)
Saturday 21st December, 2019
Connacht v Munster: A. Brace (Ref), S. Gallagher (AR1), P. Haycock (AR2)
Friday 27th December, 2019
Ulster v Connacht: S. Gallagher (Ref), A. Brace (AR1), N. Correll (AR2)
Saturday 28th December, 2019
Munster v Leinster: F. Murphy (Ref), G. Clancy (AR1), C. Busby (AR2)
Women’s Challenge Match
Harlequins v Leinster: J. Nevile (Ref)
Sunday 29th December, 2019
U20 Friendly Fixture
Ireland U20 v Munster U20: C. Busby (Ref)
Underage Representative Fixture
Ireland U18 Schools v Ireland U18 Clubs & Schools: E. Cross (Ref)
Friday 3rd January, 2020
Ulster v Munster: D. Jones WRU (Ref), S. Gallagher (AR1)
Cardiff v Scarlets: F. Murphy (Ref), E. Hogan O’Connell (AR2)
Saturday 4th January, 2020
Dragons v Ospreys: A. Brace (Ref), P. Haycock (AR2)
Leinster v Connacht: M. Adamson SRU (Ref), G. Clancy (AR1)
Edinburgh v Southern Kings: J. Neville (Ref), J. Erskine (AR2)