Moment of Silence – Jerry Collins

Please note several teams at all levels of rugby (Club and College) have indicated that they will be conducting one minutes silence prior to their fixtures in respect to the passing of Jerry Collins.  Protocol to be followed will be for teams to line up on the 10m line facing each other to observe this moment of silence.

Wondering Withers in Queensland

Sam Withers is currently on interchange in Queensland. He filed this brief report.

Hi all. The trip is going really well. It’s me and two Canterbury refs up here. We arrived Friday night and were straight into it Saturday. My game was at 11am at Souths and I spent the whole day at the ground, watching one of the Christchurch guys and ARing the premier match at 3.30.

We had a few U16 club games on the Sunday, and my host took us around Brisbane on the Monday/Tuesday. It’s a cool place: great river, modern feel, plenty of bars! Wednesday we went down to the Gold Coast in 27°C heat, arriving back in the city for evening training and a scrum session. Rohan Hoffman and Matt O’Brien were both there so it was pretty nice meeting them.

We’re off to Suncorp on Friday for the Reds game, and overall it’s been quite a relaxing week. Saturday brings another day of reffing, and I hear they have a big final night planned! See you all Monday

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Team Cards

WRFU grades:

All teams should be using duplicated (carbon copy) teamsheets.

  • the referee needs to sight a teamsheet (with all the players listed and details completed) prior to the match
  • at the end of the match, the referee needs to:
  • complete the Griffiths Memorial scoring in the bottom lefthand corner of the teamsheet
  • sign the teamsheet as a correct record of the result, sin-binnings, orderings-off, etc.
  • obtain/identify the names of players who have been sin-binned, ordered-off or who have suffered a serious injury

Referees do NOT collect teamsheets for WRFU grade matches.  It is the responsibility of the clubs to get the teamsheets to the WRFU.

Secondary School grades:

Each team is to hand their completed Team Card to the referee BEFORE the match (ie: the referee must collect a Team Card from each team BEFORE the match).  The referee retains possession of the Team Card.

At the end of the match, the referee completes ALL of the incomplete detail on both sides of the Team Card:

  • Teams involved in the fixture
  • Grade
  • Date
  • Division
  • Venue
  • REFEREE <- this is easy, just PRINT your name in the space provided!
  • Yellow/Red Card and injury incidents specific to each individual player
  • THE SCORE and how it was achieved (tries, conversions, penalties, drop goals, Total)
  • Ground issues
  • Conduct matters
  • Game comments

Please hand in Team Cards at the WRRA Monday night meetings.  If you are unable to attend the Monday night meeting following your game, please ensure that Team Cards are posted (or otherwise delivered) to College Sport Wellington or the Wellington RFU.

Please do not retain possession of Team Cards and do not discard them.

WRRA 2015 Information card

New Members

Contact the Referee Education Officer, the WRFU Club Rugby Administrator or ANY existing referee!
Come along to a Monday night WRRA meeting to find out about refereeing or to register your interest in becoming a referee.

Meeting VENUE:  upstairs, The Petone Working Men’s Club, 47 Udy Street, Petone.

Our Association meets every Monday, March through September (excluding public holidays). Meetings start at 7.00pm.


The principal sponsor of the WRRA is Advantage4Me.  Advantage4Me branded uniform is to be worn for all fixtures.  Kit supplied includes: jersey, shorts, socks, tracksuit, kit-bag, yellow/red cards, assistant referee flags, whistle.


Chairman Ian Dallas
Appointments Jared Clarke
Mark Fairmaid
Richard Gordon
Referee Education Officer / Recruitment David Walsh
021 898 098
04 380 2215
0800 73 33 73
WRFU Club Rugby Administrator Michael Langley
021 390 463
04 380 2219


A full subscription is $70 (reduced to $50 if paid by 30th April).  Student subscription is $60 (reduced to $40 if paid by 30th April).  1st Year Referee subscription is $30.

Your subscription provides you with many benefits including: access to the Petone Working Men’s Club facilities; sponsored refereeing kit; preferential Test Match ticket rights, etc.


The appointment of referees to fixtures is managed through an online system call “Who’s the Ref”.  All members need to enrol as a user of the Who’s the Ref system.  The Administrator of this appointments system will approve your enrollment.

Who’s the Ref also manages your week to week availability (non-availability).  Training will be provided so that you are able to set up and use Who’s the Ref accurately and effectively.

Cancellations and Transfers

Alterations to fixtures are managed throughout the week by the Appointments Committee.  Cancellations and late changes are advised by Newstalk ZB on their Facebook page “The All Sports Breakfast”.

Duration of Play

WRFU Club Rugby                 All grades                           40 min halves
Secondary Schools                  All grades                           35 min halves
Small Blacks                            Under-12 & Under-13      30 min halves
Sin Bin                                      All grades                           10 mins (stoppage time)
Blood Bin                                  All grades                           15 mins max. (running time)


Reports are necessary where:
(a) player(s) are sin-binned (Yellow Card)
(b) player(s) are sent off (Red Card)
(c) the game is ended, or called off, early
(d) you are the subject of abuse (of any kind)
(e) a serious injury occurs during your fixture

ALL Red Card, Game Called Off Early, Referee Abuse and very serious injury incidents must be notified to one of the following ON THE DAY that they occur!

Mike Dilnott                  Ian Dallas                  Michael Langley                   David Walsh


You should get medical advice or assistance from trained personnel where they are available. You can require an injured player to leave the field if you believe it is unsafe for that player to continue.






Jubilee Cup / WRRA all referees fitness test

When:   Sunday 24 May at 9:30 for 10.00am start
Where:  Scot’s College. Venue changes will be advised.
Who:      The test is open to all WRRA members who are keen to participate and benchmark their fitness levels against their peers.

All level 1 and 2 referees are required to attend with level 1 needing to attain a suitable fitness standard as part of the criteria to be considered for Jubilee Cup appointments. Fitness test assessment protocol available here.

Community Rugby Technical Priorities – 2015

Community Rugby Technical Priorities – 2015

  1. Player Safety
  • The wearing of a mouth guard in all NZ Domestic Rugby is compulsory
  • Closely observe players who sustain a head knock – Play It Safe

Reason: Player safety is paramount


  1. The Game Fundamentals.
  • For all restarts at half way and 22m drop-outs advancing players must be behind the kicker
  • Half backs are required to put the ball in straight, with part of the ball landing on the middle line
  • Line out throws to be down the middle and without delay
  • Penalty/Free Kicks are to be taken on or behind the mark (the mark is not the place to commence the run to kick)
  • Foul Play to be dealt with decisively and effectively

Reason: To keep the game tidy and well managed.


  1. Positive Set Pieces.

“Scrums & lineouts formed within 30 seconds is a priority”


  • 3 calls requires 3 actions: “Crouch” / “Bind” /” Set” sequence. Good set up essential
  • scrums to be stable before ball is fed in on referees indication (non verbal)
  • long bind by props
  • scrum must push forward prior to any wheel


Line Outs

  • ball to be thrown along the middle line
  • players not to interfere with jumpers in the air
  • lineout maul is formed when player(s) from the non-ball-winning team bind(s) onto the ball winner and that player is bound to a team mate or is caught in the maul

Reason: To have game restarts occur quickly and provide quality ball.


  1. Tackle/Ruck/Maul
  • Players are required to stay on their feet and enter tackles through the gate
  • Cleaning out players beyond the ball is not acceptable
  • Tacklers must exit east/west and not interfere with ball release
  • Half backs are not to be grasped/interfered with at rucks & mauls
  • The ball is deemed to be out of the ruck when the half back lifts the ball (not when the ball is touched)

Reason: To give teams the opportunity to contest at tackle, ruck and maul.


  1. Space for the Game to Operate
  • Maintain the defensive offside lines at Set Piece – in particular 5m for backs at scrum; 10m for backs at line out
  • Backlines at ruck/maul must be onside until the ball is clearly out of the ruck/maul
  • Players must STOP or retire when ahead of the kicker at kicks in general play
  • All players in the lineout must remain there until the lineout has ended.

Reason: To give the ball receiving team as much SPACE as possible in accordance with law.


  1. Management & Communication
  • Communication of decisions is expected to be clear and relate to law
  • Team Captains are expected to be the only communicators with referees during games
  • Cynical infringements will be dealt with quickly and decisively, they need not be part of repeated infringements

Reason: The aim is to encourage open communication and for decisions to be clear and easy to understand.

Recruitment/information evening – potential referees

Day:       Wednesday 22nd April
Time:     5:30pm to 6:30pm
Venue:  The Green Man, corner of Victoria St and Willeston St, Wellington City

The Wellington RRA and Wellington RFU are hosting an event at The Green Man for prospective referees and those that are interested in finding out more about refereeing.

If you know of someone that could or would be a referee, or, if you know of someone who is contemplating taking up refereeing, please encourage them to come along to find out more.  If they are unsure about attending on their own, bring them to the event yourself!

donthangupyourbootsSome of our existing referees will be attending and will be available to talk about their own decisions to take up refereeing and the steps that they have followed through to the current season.  More experienced members of our Association, such as Executive Committee members, will also be in attendance.

The Hurricanes are supporting this event by having their Head Coach and captain join us at The Green Man.  Chris Boyd and Conrad Smith will also be available to mix and mingle with our guests.

As the hosts, we will provide refreshments for guests and prospective referees.

Please spread the word!!  Our membership surveys of recent years have indicated that the most productive method of recruiting new referees is “shoulder tap” or “friend get friend”.