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Referee Management Group

At the commencement of each year the Appointments Panel (formerly the Referee Advisory Group), made up of an area representative from each sub union, a Bay of Plenty Rugby Union representative and a Bay of Plenty Rugby Union Board representative meet to select the Referee Management Group for the 12 month season.

The current Appointments Panel is:

Western Bay of Plenty

David Hodgson

Eastern Bay of Plenty

Dayle Johnston

Central Bay of Plenty

Gary Dender

Bay of Plenty Rugby Union

Pat Rae

Bay of Plenty Rugby Union Board

John Dowling

The Referee Management Group is a seven person skill based panel charged with driving the strategic direction of the Bay of Plenty Rugby Referees.

Four of the RMG members are responsible for overseeing a number of portfolios. These portfolios have been divided into the following areas:

Game Management
Match Officials Coaching/Support

The 2018 RMG and the portfolio holders are:

Chairman-David Hodgson

Referee Manager-Pat Rae

BOPRU Board Representative-John Dowling

Governance Manager: Wil Wilson


Finance: Stephen Wheeler
Judiciary: Geoff Kaye
Statistics and Records: Malcolm Langdon
Workplace Health and Safety: Sam Fellows

Game Management: Gary Dender


Referee Coach Education Manager: Les Millard
Referee Education Managers: 3 x sub union area meeting co-ordinators
Representative Appointments Manager: Pat Rae
Senior Appointments Manager: John Donnelly
Schools Appointments Manager: Shane Forward
Junior Appointments Manager: Vacant
Tournaments Appointments Manager: Jamie Bell
Interchange Manager: Roland Bolton
Education & Training Co-Ordinator: Roland Bolton

Resources Manager: Dayle Johnston


Apparel: Grant Wilson
Recruitment/Retention: Pat Rae
Communications (Social and mainstream media): Thomas Bowater
Social organiser: Roland Bolton

Match Officials Coaching/Support Manager – Craig Reilly


Coaching Co-Ordinator: John Dustow
1. Premier Panel Manager-Tony Dunlop
2. “B” Panel Manager-Vacant
3. “C” Panel Manager-Ian Crowe
4. Junior Panel Manager-Stephen Wheeler
5. 1st Year Referee Panel Manager-Cameron Russell
6. Assistant Referee Panel Manager- Vacant
7. RIPPA Referee Panel Manager - Kendra Reynolds

Strength and Conditioning Coaches: Western Bay-Cameron Hodgson, Central Bay-Anthony Alo
Law Programmer: Grant Wilson

Minutes of R.M.G Meetings:

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