Join the Munster Association of Referees (MAR)

Benefits of becoming a referee:

- Opportunities to Travel
- Keep Fit
- Best seat in the house
- Participation in our great game
- Full M.A.R. Members access to tickets

The Munster Association of Referees is giving you the opportunity to give back to the sport. Rugby referees enjoy the same benefits of the game as the players - without the injuries!

If keeping fit (referees run six miles in an 80 minute match), travelling, taking part in a lively social scene or getting an adrenaline rush is your idea of a great pastime, rugby refereeing could be for you. As well as the obvious benefits, a referee's constant study of the game enriches their enjoyment of this lifetime sport. There is more need for referees now than ever!

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The Munster Association Of Referees (MAR) are currently recruiting for new referees to take up the role throughout the province.

The call is open to both male and females who would like to take the general refereeing path or those who wish to support clubs at a local level through community refereeing.

The Munster Association of Referees would like to invite those interested in taking up a rewarding career officiating and supporting Munster Rugby to contact IRFU Referee Development Manager Peter Fitzgibbon (

All details of the Referee Coaching Courses can be found at Munster Association of Referee's website For further information, please email

Community Referees

Munster Rugby, along with IRFU Referee Development staff Dave McHugh and Peter Fitzgibbon, have recently introduced the new Community Referee initiative in the province.

Community refereeing is open to all rugby club members (male & female) aged 18 to 60 years of age. Ideal candidates should be reasonably fit, have a good understanding of the game and be available to referee.

This is an important new category of referee within the Munster Association of Referees (MAR) and the key characteristics of the Community Referee are:

• He/she will only referee age-grade rugby (ring-fenced).

• He/she will only referee locally within their own area thus reducing the requirement to travel.

• He/she will be a member of the MAR.

• He/she will be appointed by MAR.

New competition models are currently being introduced in Munster age-grade rugby to ensure more meaningful games are provided for all participants. It is the responsibility of all clubs and schools to contribute to this process by nominating potential applicants for the Community Referee initiative.

Suitable candidates will then go through the process of education, appointment and trial in order to commence the refereeing of youth matches.

They will become full members of the MAR and will be appointed solely by the MAR. As full MAR members they will have access to buy tickets, will referee in MAR kit, and will come under the MAR governance. They will receive ongoing education, and will be assessed during their trial period.

For more details please contact:

Peter Fitzgibbon, IRFU Referee Development Manager
Tel: 086-8322987

Dedicated MAR Website -

To visit the MAR website please click here.

MAR Representatives On National Referees Panel (2016/17)

Elite Panel: Andrew Brace, George Clancy, John Lacey, Frank Murphy

Pre Elite Panel: Kieran Barry, Leo Colgan, Eddie Hogan-O'Connell

A Panel: Mark Connolly, Chris Harrington, Ken Imbusch, Shane Kierans, Joy Neville, Barrie O'Connell, Robert O'Sullivan

B Panel: George Finn, Richard Horgan, Tommy O'Donoghue

IPAS 2016/17: Enda O'Shea

IRFU Active Referee Pathway

IRFU Active Referee Pathway

Club and School Affiliate Referee Course

It is IRFU Policy that all matches from U13 upwards are refereed by:

• Branch Referees or

• Club & School Affiliate Referees

Club & school affiliate referees are not branch referees. They are club or school members who are qualified to referee matches involving their own club or school where no branch referee is available or has not been appointed. They usually referee underage games and provide an important function in servicing the game at this level in their club or school.

Who appoints Club & School Affiliate Referees?

The responsibility for their appointment lies solely with their club or school.

Are they members of a branch referee society or association?

No, they are entirely separate. Club and school affiliate referees are a refereeing resource within their own club or school and have no involvement with their branch referee association / society.

Can I affiliate to more than one club or school?

No, affiliate referees can only affiliate to one club and one school.

What games can they referee?

They are appointed by their club or school. They can only referee games involving their own club or school, home or away.

How do I become an affiliate referee?

You must successfully complete two World Rugby online training components and attend an IRFU Club and School Affiliate Workshop.

Step 1:

Complete World Rugby Law Exam Module - click here.

Complete World Rugby Concussion Management for General Public Module - click here.

Both these components require online registration with the World Rugby Training Passport portal. On completion you should print your certificate. This is important, as you will need to provide the printed certificate to attend the IRFU Club and School Affiliate workshop.

Step 2:

Attend a Club and School Affiliate workshop. This is a two and a half hour module covering the basics of successful and safe refereeing.

*Please note that you will not gain entry to the workshop without providing the printed certificates outlined above*

I am interested, who do I contact?

For information on upcoming affiliate referee courses please see your provincial domestic website or contact branch development staff involved with your club or school.

Is there a cost?

No, there is no cost. Just remember to bring both completed certificates to the course to gain entry.

How long will my accreditation last?

Once completed your accreditation will last for 4 seasons including the season that you attended. For example if you attend in October 2016 your accreditation will expire on July 31st 2020.

Please note that from time to time you may need to undertake further training on important law changes or safety management to keep your accreditation active. You will be notified of this by email.

Best practice for clubs and schools with their affiliate referees

• Accreditation of referees they appoint must be in date. Courses are held at appropriate times throughout the season.
• Appoint their best available affiliate referees.
• Ensure sending offs and other discipline matters are notified to their respective branch.
• Keep a record of appointments made.

Following best practice ensures a safer and better structured playing environment for your players. Please click here for full IRFU Affiliate Referee Policy

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