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Courses: Introduction to Rugby Refereeing

Are You A Current Player Thinking Of Hanging Up The Boots?

Or Maybe You've Suffered An Injury But Still Want To Stay Involved?

Or Maybe You Weren't Very Good As A Player But Still Want To Contribute?

If This Sounds Like You Then You Should Take Up The Whistle...

Refereeing rugby is a great way to stay involved, it's the 2nd best seat in the house and you get to keep fit, without the bumps and hits.

Your 1st step to becoming a referee is to complete the Introduction To Rugby Refereeing Course. There are two ways you can complete this course:

1.Attend a Face To Face Course

Face To Face Introduction To Rugby Refereeing courses are EXACTLY THE SAME as the Associate Referee courses. If you'd prefer to attend a course instead of completing the online version, CLICK HERE to see all the Associate Referee course dates and times.

Or If You Want To Get Started NOW...

2. Complete The Course ONLINE

Welcome to our online training programme, “Introduction to Rugby Refereeing”. The content of this course does not assume any previous experience in the sport of rugby refereeing. It is the first stage in the rugby refereeing training and development pathway.

This online course has been written and designed directly from New Zealand Rugby’s publication of the same name, “Introduction to Rugby Refereeing.” It consists of the same 14 modules from the work book and turned into short 2-4 minute videos for the participant to watch and learn from.

How to complete this online course:

  1. Download and print off the, “Introduction to Rugby Refereeing” Workbook by clicking here.
  2. Scroll down and watch the videos.
  3. At the conclusion of each video, complete the relevant module assessment sheet in the workbook for your own reference.

There is no pass or fail. This online course has been provided simply to provide you with another way of learning the first stage in the rugby refereeing training and development pathway. Upon completion, if you'd like some feedback on your written material, please feel free to send it to me:
Pat Rae
Referee Manager
Bay of Plenty Rugby Union
PO Box 4058 Mt Maunganui South 3149


Introduction and Welcome
Module 1: The Role of the Referee
Module 2: Fixture Organisation
Module 3: Whistle! Signals! Verbals!
Module 4: Where do I stand?
Module 5: The Kicks of Rugby
Module 6: Tackle Ball carrier brought to ground
Module 7: Ruck and Maul
Module 8: Scrum
Module 9: Lineout
Module 10: Offside and onside in general play
Module 11: Foul Play
Module 12: Advantage, free kicks and penalty kicks
Module 13: Assistant Referee/Touch Judging
Module 14: Method of scoring – ingot

Once you complete this course send me your workbook for marking. I will then get you to register as a referee, complete Rugbysmart training, arrange for you to be issued with your 1st Year Referee uniform and get refereeing out in the middle of the field.


Referee Manager

UoW Adams Centre for High Performance, 52 Miro Street Mount Maunganui 3116 or PO Box 4058, Mount Maunganui South 3149

Ph: 07 547 4684



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