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Q&A – IRFU and Eyewear/Goggles


1.       Has the IRFU ever allowed people to wear glasses or goggles on the field of play?

a.       No, for health and safety reasons it has never been permissible to wear eyewear of any variety whilst playing rugby in Ireland. 


2.       What is the World Rugby goggles trial?

a.       World Rugby is conducting a trial to test the safety of goggles, specifically for those who require corrective lenses/eyewear.

b.      The trial covers one goggle (manufactured by Raleri Italy) in one size.

c.       The trial was due to be completed in May 2015 but has been extended on two occasions and is now due to be completed in late 2016.

d.      Players can only wear goggles if they are members of a union that is partaking in the trail, they register for the trial and they wear the Raleri trial goggles.



3.       Why has the IRFU decided not to participate in the trial?

a.       To establish if the IRFU should participate in the trial the Medical Committee of the IRFU sought independent medical advice from one of Ireland’s leading ophthalmic surgeons.  Based on this advice it was decided that Ireland would not participate in the trial, as to do so would potentially jeopardise the health and safety of those playing our game.  Therefore, the wearing of eyewear on the field of play continues to be prohibited.


4.       Is Ireland the only country not to participate in the trial?

a.       No, the IRFU, the English RFU and the French Rugby Federation (amongst others) are not participating in the World Rugby trial.  A number of unions are participating.  The IRFU is responsible for the welfare of all those playing the game in Ireland and the decision not to participate was based on expert medical opinion received in Ireland.


5.       What is the current status of this trial?

a.       The trial has been extended until late 2016.  As the trial has taken longer than initially planned the IRFU has sought trial data from World Rugby and will present this information to medical experts to see if it addresses the concerns initially raised in relation to the trial.

b.      The IRFU will not seek to influence the advice from these independent experts and will respect any finding or recommendation they make.


6.       What does the IRFU say to the players affected by this issue, and their parents?

a.       The IRFU strives to make our game as inclusive as possible, and understands the frustration of players and parents in relation to this issue.  However, it must be accepted that the number one priority of every sport must be health and safety.  Rugby, as with all physical sports, will not be available to everyone, for various reasons, and until such time that medics are satisfied that health and safety is not compromised the IRFU are unable to allow players to wear goggles.  It is worth remembering that the IRFU have not brought in any new restrictions on those who require eyewear - it has never been permissible to use eyewear on the field of play. 


7.       What advice does the IRFU have for any coach/parent/player or referees that may be tempted to allow people to play with goggles?

a.       Under existing World Rugby regulations, and IRFU policy, players are not permitted to use goggle/eyewear when playing.  Injury as a result of a player wearing goggles could have far reaching and difficult personal consequences for the individuals involved as well as reputational, insurance, financial and legal consequences for the club/school and the individuals in question.


8.       With a number of people calling on the IRFU to enter the trial, will it now do so?          

a.       As the governing body for rugby in Ireland the IRFU has a duty of care and a moral and ethical responsibility to do everything possible to protect against and mitigate player risk or injury.  The IRFU will work with World Rugby to review the trial data to-date and will only enter the trial if based on the review of the trial data by independent medical professionals that it is deemed medically safe to do so.


9.       If World Rugby complete the trial and subsequently allow goggles to be worn will the IRFU follow this regulation?


a.       Yes, the IRFU observes all World Rugby regulations, laws and policies.  However, it is important that clubs, players and parents are clear that even if such a situation were to occur, the permitted World Rugby equipment would be limited to the trial goggle (manufactured by Raleri Italy) and all other goggles/eyewear would continue to be prohibited.


10.   Is there any rugby game that those requiring eyewear can participate in?


a.       Yes, the restriction in relation to the wearing of goggles applies to the contact game only.  Therefore, goggles may be worn in non-contact rugby such as Leprechaun, Tag and Touch.

Refurbished bar open

Check out our newly refurbished bar this Saturday open for our home AIL match v Rainey Old Boys.

Support the pre-match lunch, bookings now being taken. Contact Eddie on 086 813 4364

A night with Joe Schmidt


A night with Joe Schmidt


A night with Joe Schmidt discussing Irish Rugby and managing at a world cup.

With guests Simon Easterbay, Richie Murphy and Greg Feek.

Wednesday November  11th, Royal Hotel Bray at 7:30pm


In memory of Jackie Lewis a victim of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS)

In support of CRY - Cardiac Risk in the Young.


Limited ticket availability. €30.00 per person

Saturday 3rd October

Saturday offers another big day of Rugby in GRFC. The first team have an eagerly awaited local derby vs Seapoint kicking off at 2:30pm. We are offering a pre-match buffet lunch with main course and desert at just €15.00 in our newly refurbished function room. Bookings can be made with Eddie by calling directly on 086 8134364 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The rugby continues with two huge RWC matches. Scotland face South Africa at 16:45 and will the wheels come crashing off Englands Chariot when they face A...ustralia at 20:00.

Make the club your venue for all Rugby this weekend. Don't forget Ireland play Italy on Sunday at 16:45 and we will be open for your support as the matches get tougher for Ireland.

Saturday: Pre-match lunch 1:00pm
First team v Seapoint KO 2:00pm
Scotland v South Africa KO 4:45pm
England v Australia KO 8.00pm

Sunday: Ireland v Italy KO 4:45pm

J1, J3, J4 Metro fixtures

Junior Rugby Metro League Fixtures
Metro Division: 2  J1's
Metro Division: 5  J3's
Metro Division: 7  J4's
Date Home   Away Venue Time
Friday 18th  Greystones J3 v Wanderers Dr Hickey Park 20:00
Sunday 20th Greystones J1 v Naas Dr Hickey Park 15:00
Friday 25th Bective  v Greystones J3 Donnybrook 20:00
Saturday 26th Greystones J4 v Monkstown  Dr Hickey Park 15:00
Sunday 27th  St Marys College v Greystones J1 Templeville Rd 14:30
Friday 2nd Greystones J3 v Terenure Dr Hickey Park 20:00
Saturday 3rd Seapoint  v Greystones J4 Kilbogget Park Killiney 15:00
Sunday 4th Greystones J1 v Wanderers  Dr Hickey Park 14:30
Saturday 10th Greystones J4 v MU Barnhall  Dr Hickey Park 15:00
Friday 16th Clontarf v Greystones J3 Castle Avenue 20:00
Sunday 18th Greystones J1 v Lansdowne  Dr Hickey Park 15:00
Saturday 31st Greystones J4 v Navan  Dr Hickey Park 15:00
Friday 6th Greystones J3 v UCD Dr Hickey Park 20:00
Saturday 7th Tullamore  v Greystones J4 Spollenstown 14:30
Sunday 8th Blackrock College v Greystones J1 Stradbrook 14:30
Friday 13th Greystones J3 v CYM Dr Hickey Park 20:00
Saturday 14th Greystones J4 v Tallaght  Dr Hickey Park 14:30
Sunday 15th  Greystones J1 v Dublin University  Dr Hickey Park 14:30
Saturday 28th De La Salle Palmerston  v Greystones J4 Kirwan Park 14:30
Sunday 29th MU Barnhall v Greystones J3 Parsonstown 14:30
Sunday 29th Seapoint  v Greystones J1 Kilbogget Park Killiney 14:30
Friday 4th Wanderers v  Greystones J3 Lansdowne Road 20:00
Saturday 5th Monkstown  v Greystones J4 Sydney Parade 14:00
Sunday 6th  Naas  v Greystones J1 Forenaughts 14:00
Friday 11th Greystones J3 v  Bective Dr Hickey Park 20:00
Saturday 12th Greystones J4 v Seapoint  Dr Hickey Park 14:00
Sunday 13th Greystones J1 v St Marys College Dr Hickey Park 14:00
Sunday 17th Greystones J1 v Seapoint  Dr Hickey Park 15:00
Friday 22nd Terenure v Greystones J3 Lakelands 20:00
Saturday 23rd MU Barnhall  v Greystones J4 Parsonstown 14:30
Sunday 24th Wanderers  v Greystones J1 Lansdowne Road 14:30
Saturday 6th Navan  v Greystones J4 Balreask Old 15:00
Friday 12th Greystones J3 v Clontarf Dr Hickey Park 20:00
Sunday 13th Lansdowne  v Greystones J1 Lansdowne Road 12:00
Friday 26th UCD v Greystones J3 Belfield 20:00
Saturday 27th Greystones J4 v Tullamore  Dr Hickey Park 15:00
Sunday 28th Greystones J1 v Blackrock College Dr Hickey Park 15:00
Saturday 5th Tallaght  v Greystones J4 Tymon Park 15:00
Sunday 6th CYM v Greystones J3 Terenure Rd North 15:00
Sunday 6th Dublin University  v Greystones J1 College Park 15:00
Friday 11th Greystones J3 v MU Barnhall Dr Hickey Park 20:00
Saturday 26th Greystones J4 v De La Salle Palmerston  Dr Hickey Park 15:00
Development draw

We deferred the July and August draws for the summer months while activity in the club was low, so we are planning three super draws on 19th September  coinciding with our opening home AIL fixture  vs Armagh and Irelands opening world cup match vs Canada. The July prize is a super Wine hamper worth over €300 kindly sponsored by La Touche wines with news of the August and September prizes to follow.

Club Draw June prize winner

The June Draw for our monthly club development draw was made yesterday evening after our well attended AGM. The winning ticket was drawn by Seagulls player Ian McGuire and congratulations go to Martin McGuire winner of the superb SAHARA BarBeQue kindly donated by Universal Innovations in Kilcoole.

Look out for news about the July draw and remember if your not in you can’t win !

Women's Rugby Festival.

 The final of the women's U18 rugby calender will take place between local ladies rugby teams Greystones and Wicklow on Saturday 4th April starting at 11am.  Visiting teams from Northern Ireland and England will also have matches.  Several U16s teams will be holding a blitz in the afternoon and the whole spectacle will finish with the Leinster Ladies teams holding a league match.  Come and support your local teams in Greystones RFC. and stay for the epic Munster vs Leinster Magners League game on the big screen in the clubhouse.