Interested in refereeing?

If you know of anyone who may be interested in giving refereeing a go on a regular or semi-regular basis becoming an Associate Referee is a great way to test the waters.

There are Associate Referee courses being conducted over the next week:

  • Thursday 17th May 6:30pm Paremata-Plimmerton RFC, Ngatitoa Domain
  • Sunday 20th May 10am Johnsonville RFC, Helston Park
  • Sunday 20th May 2pm Upper Hutt Rams RFC, Maidstone Park

The course will take approx. 2 hours.

What is an Associate Referee?

The Associate Referee course is aimed at providing tuition relating to basic refereeing skills.

An Associate Refereeing qualification was originally designed to allow parents/coaches/supporters to referee competitive Primary School level rugby.

* Associate Referees must attend Rugby Smart, which is presented as part of the Associate Referee course.

* Accreditation lasts for 3 seasons with the proviso that the Associate Referee must attend Rugby Smart each season.

* Associate Referees are allowed to referee games with competitive scrums with the proviso that they apply Domestic Safety Law Variations to those scrums (1.5m push, 45° wheeling, numbers of players are always the same, etc).

In the modern Wellington rugby environment, Associate Refereeing is most applicable to Reserve Grade and Presidents Grade rugby.

These are the first grades that will miss out on an officially appointed Wellington Rugby Referees Association member when there is a shortage of available referees. Therefore, the teams that are participating at these levels of rugby are encouraged to have 1 or 2 (or more) members qualified as Associate Referees.

Want more information?

Contact David Walsh, Referee Education Officer, email

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