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Keep Rugby Strong in Canterbury - Become a Rugby Referee

Make a Difference - Become a Canterbury Rugby Referee
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The Game Needs You to Make a Difference!

On every Saturday during March to September, from the top of the North Canterbury region to the bottom of the Ellesmere region and everywhere in between Rugby Referees are needed for all levels from Junior rugby in the morning to Senior Club Rugby in the afternoon.

During the week at Primary and Secondary Schools throughout Canterbury there are games that require someone to referee.

Whatever your ambition may be – whether you want to referee at the next World Cup or you want to referee at Primary School level there is a place for you with Canterbury Rugby Referees Association.

If you want to Referee or you want to find out more please contact Lyndon McKendry, CRFU Referee Education Officer, ph 027 201 7586 or email

You Make a Difference by becoming a rugby referee as you: 

  • Stay involved in the game!
    Just because you can no longer play due to injury  or other commitments (like family or work) that’s no reason to leave the game.  You can still stay active and involved by refereeing.  Refereeing is flexible enough to be able to work around any other commitments you may have.
  • Stay fit!
    By refereeing you can maintain (or improve) your physical and mental  fitness. 
  • Experience new opportunities and new skills
    Referees have opportunities to travel, both within New Zealand and internationally, to experience rugby with different teams and cultures
  • Meet new people!
    Referees come from all walks of life, all age groups and across many nationalities – just like players.  There are regular meetings where referees get together to discuss refereeing issues.  There are also plenty of social functions to meet other referees and their families.
  • Give something back to the game you love!
    The future Matt Todds, Dan Carters, Keiran Reids and Richie McCaws are waiting to start their rugby  careers.  By refereeing you can help get them started – just like someone helped you!!

What do you need to start Refereeing?

All you need is a love of the game and a pair of boots.  You will be provided with everything you need to referee from Law Book and Whistle to Uniform and Touch Judge Flags.  You are given specialised training both off and on the paddock in the art of Refereeing.  You will also have a Coach who will monitor your performance and give you advice and support as you develop as a Referee.  Regular training meetings are held in Christchurch ,North Canterbury and Ellesmere

What else is available to Referees?

  • Access to tickets for home games for Canterbury MItre 10 Cup team
  • Financial assistance towards travel expenses

Career Path for a Referee

  1. New Referee 
  2. Teenage & Junior Grade Referee
    Controlling games from U18 and below  
  3. Open Grade Referee
    Controlling games below Division 3 (Metro); Senior 3 (Ellesmere) & Division 3 (Nth Canterbury)
  4. Senior Referee
    Controlling games from Division 1 and below
  5. NZRU HighPerformance Referee
    Controlling games at ITM Cup/ Heartland Rugby level
  6. Professional Referee
    Controlling games at Investec Super Rugby and International Test level 
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