The Leinster Rugby Schools Committee has supported referee Gary Glennon following an investigation into a controversial incident in a Senior Cup game between Roscrea and Gonzaga College last month.
During the game, a Gonzaga player sustained a suspected head injury and referee Glennon ordered him to be permanently removed from the field, as is protocol at schools level with suspected concussion.
A Gonzaga medic argued with Glennon that the player had passed a head injury assessment (HIA) and could play on but Glennon insisted there was no HIA if a concussion was suspected.
The LRSC statement said: "Following the investigation, the Leinster Rugby Schools Committee would like to publicly support referee Gary Glennon and to reaffirm that the referee is the ultimate arbiter of all games played at all levels and it is with he/she that any final decision rests with regard to on-field activity and this includes the removal of a player for medical reasons as detailed in IRB Law 3.9.
"The Leinster Rugby Schools Committee would also like to thank all parties for their cooperation in this matter which has now been dealt with to the satisfaction of the Schools Committee, of both schools and of the Association of Referees Leinster Branch.
"The Leinster Rugby Schools Committee would finally like to take this opportunity to again impress upon all those involved with the game at domestic level to educate themselves about their responsibilities to STOP - INFORM - REST - RETURN and if a player has any one of the signs or symptoms of concussion he/she should be removed from the field of play and not allowed to return."