Waikato Rugby Union - Referees



Waikato Referees Association turns 100! In 2024 we celebrate 100 years of refereeing rugby in the Waikato. 

This season the WRRA celebrates our Centenary. A number of events and activities are planned to celebrate this milestone occassion. Our registered referees will even be donning a new on-field kit in 2024 - all to be revealed soon. 

The WRRA are hosting a Quiz Night on Wednesday 17th April kicking off at 6pm. Teams of 4 to 6 are welcome to enter with an entry fee of $15 per person. 

Our Centenary Dinner date has been confirmed as Saturday 27 July and will be hosted up on Level 4 at FMG Stadium Waikato, catered by Lone Star. Please complete the Centenary Registration Form to ensure you are kept up to date for all Centenary details and/or to express an interest to attend. 

Become a Rugby Referee

In the Waikato we have a very strong Referees Association, full of keen and supportive members. Every Saturday we are all out there across the province giving back to the game we love. From junior rugby right through secondary school up to premier rugby we cover over 80 games per weekend. From Tokoroa, Otorohanga up to Taupiri you will see a Waikato Rugby Referee out there doing there thing. 

We are always in need of new referees to join our ranks. If you are a current player and keen to help out before or after your game, we have games for you to be involved in. If you are recently retired from playing, there are plenty of opportunities for you within the refereeing space.

If you just love rugby and you want to give something different a go, then no doubt you will love being a referee in the Waikato. Please contact our Match Officials Game Developer:

Andrew Bowe: (e) andrewb@mooloo.co.nz (p) 021 194 7183



  • Remain regularly fit and involved in rugby.
  • Ensure that games can go ahead safely and with officials.
  • Become more knowledgeable in the game and can even help your own playing experiences. 
  • Opportunities to travel to other provinces and meet plenty of new friends. 
  • Contribute to the community and sport.
  • Meet new people and be involved in another socially active group.
  • Potential opportunities to become a representative referee.

Contact Andrew and ask for our Waikato Rugby Referees Information book for all the information about refereeing in the Waikato. ​​​​​​​


Dates for 2024 are coming soon... 


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