Match Official Appointments are displayed below for each grade of rugby. Please note the following:

  • Match Officials are only displayed once they have been appointed and have ACCEPTED that appointment.
  • If there is no match official listed, then there is NO official confirmed for your game.
  • Appointments are usually released to match officials 1-2 weeks ahead of a fixture, but in some cases where an official becomes unavailable, there may then be a late appointment made. So please ensure you check right up to 24hrs prior to the match.
  • Appointments for all Senior, 1st XV and Representative matches are completed by the Appointments Board, in collaboration with the respective Panel Managers and a Referee Coaches.
  • In the Bay of Plenty we have a number of highly experienced volunteers who take care of appointing match officials to games. The main contacts for each grade are listed below.

Match Officials - to view the full Appointments & Selections Policy for Bay of Plenty Rugby Referees, click the link below.

Senior & Secondary Appointments Facilitator
Ian Wedderburn

Ph: 0210546846

Contact for appointments relating to the following grades:

  • Premier Men
  • Senior Women
  • Development/Senior A
  • Colts (U23/85kg)
  • Senior Local/Reserve
  • 1st XV (Top 4, Super 8, Boys Division 1-2)
  • 2nd XV
  • Under 14/15/16

Tournament Appointments Coordinator


The Tournament Appointments Manager is responsible for appointing referees to the following Senior and Secondary School fixtures:

  • Sevens Tournaments
  • Tens Tournaments

Western Bay Junior Appointments Coordinator
Peter Morgan

Ph: 0274511490

Eastern Bay Junior Appointments Coordinator
Sean Moore

Ph: 0212211277

Central Bay Junior Appointments Coordinator
Rees Uerata

Ph: 0273731013

Contact for local appointments relating to the following grades:

  • Under 11/12/13
  • Tai Mitchell
  • Ellis Shield

Representative Appointments Facilitator
Jackson Reuben-Swinton
Mobile: 021 192 8775

The Representative Appointments Facilitator is responsible for ensuring the following levels of games have appropriate match officials appointed each week:

  • NPC / Farah Palmer Cup
  • U23/”B” Representative
  • U19/U18/U16 Representative
  • All other representative matches played in Bay of Plenty region

Junior Rugby (Under 6-10) do not have registered referees formally appointed to their fixtures by the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union. Instead, all teams are required to provide Associate Referees and the home team is initially responsible for appointing a referee. If they can’t provide a referee, the visiting team is asked and if they can’t provide an Associate Referee. If not, then anyone can referee the game but the kids go to uncontested scrums.

As a registered referee, you’re allowed to referee junior rugby so long as it doesn’t interfere with your Bay of Plenty Rugby Union appointments. Just be sure that you’re not standing on anyone’s toes first. If a coach from the home team asks, then by all means go for it.

REFEREES: If you’re ever contacted directly from a club, school or anyone to referee a match other than Under 6-10, please direct them to our website's Referee Request Form. It is vital to the appointment process that all requests for referees come through the correct channel.