Become a Referee

Become a Referee

The IRFU has a dedicated Referee Department headed up by former professional referee, Dudley Phillips. There are referee associations in each of the Provinces – Connacht, Leinster, Munster and in Ulster, the latter being the Ulster Society of Rugby Football Referees (USRFR).

This video by Sport Northern Ireland gives an insight into the journey as a USRFR referee.


Stay within the game – Are you an injured or recently retired player? Refereeing is a great way of staying involved in rugby on the pitch!

Social – The social aspects of rugby are renowned and refereeing is a great way to meet up with old friends as well as meet new people.

Club within a club– Referees meet up regularly and there is a great team spirit.

Ambition– How far can you go? Could you be Ulster’s next International referee?

The IRFU offer a range of courses and coaching workshops, commencing at ‘starter’ level and progressing up through the grades.

For more information see our FAQs:

Become a Referee Q&A


Richard Kerr

Referee Development Manager

07493 868388

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