Catch up fitness test

We have arranged for a repeat fitness test on Monday March 16. This will be held on the Anderson Park at 6pm sharp. Warm up will be from 5.30pm.

Please indicate your attendance by emailing Greg Binning.

Training will also be held as usual on Monday 9 March from 6pm (5.30pm onwards for some touch rugby) at Andersen Park – Botanical Gardens.

OBU have also indicated that any and all refs are welcome to join in a spot of training with them post the fitness test (and indeed any time!). The same is also true of other clubs. If you would like to attend a session with any club please email David Walsh and he can get you some contact details.

Premier club rugby starts 21 March 2015.  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.

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Membership subscription 2015

WRRA Subscriptions 2015:

Membership Rate Discounted rate – if paid before 30th April
Full membership NZ$70 NZ$50
Student NZ$60 NZ$40
First year NZ$30
Honorary member NZ$15
Transferee New after 30/04 NZ$50 (NZ$70 if not paid within 4 weeks)
65+ Discount of 50% of fees above

Subscriptions can be paid by Internet Banking or directly to our Treasurer, Pam Dilnott. If Pam is not present at a Monday night meeting, Ian Dallas and/or Mike Dilnott are able to accept your subscriptions payment and issue you with a receipt.

Payments can be done via Internet Banking with details below

Bank:                         BNZ Petone
Account Name:        Wellington Rugby Referees Association
Bank Account No:   020544—0205928—000
Particulars:               Your name
Reference:                Subscriptions

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Rugby Smart Catch Up

Rugby Smart FlyerFor those that did not attend Rugby Smart at the Petone Working Men’s Club on Monday 2nd March, there is an opportunity to attend a presentation at the Avalon Rugby Club tomorrow evening.

Venue:       Avalon Rugby Club, 28 Percy Cameron St, Taita, Lower Hutt

Date:           Wednesday 11th March

Time:          6:30pm start – be there before 6:30pm for registration and introduction processes

  1. You must sign the attendance register as you arrive for the course.
  2. Once Rugby Smart is completed, you must complete a REFEREE registration form (attached to this email is a ‘blank 2015 referee registration form’.  This can be used for existing and new referees.)

Copies of the blank referee registration form should be available at the course.  You can print the 2015 New Referee Reg Form and take it with you, just in case.

Further Rugby Smart presentations will be conducted at other rugby clubs and secondary schools over the next days and weeks, which will provide opportunities for Rugby Smart accreditation for 2015.

Please send David Walsh an email when you attend a club or school Rugby Smart!  Records of attendance and accreditation need to be maintained.

Finally, for those that completed Rugby Smart on Monday 2nd March at the Petone Working Men’s Club, if you are also going to coach a secondary school or club grade team, you need to complete a COACH registration form.  Please email David and he will send you a blank COACH registration form.

David Walsh
Referee Education Officer
(Wairarapa-Bush and Wellington)

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Life Member – Ross Ewart

Ross Ewart

Ross was awarded Life Membership of the Wellington RRA at our AGM on 23rd February, 2015.

After being involved as a player, coach and administrator with the Hutt Rugby Club, at the age of 45, Ross joined the WRRA as a member of “the class of 1980”. In his formative years at the WRRA, Ross had the pleasure of being confined on Monday nights, along with other new members, to the ‘freezing cold dungeons’ which were the Changing Rooms in the Petone Recreation Ground grand-stand. Ross passed the Level-1 Law Exam and in due course gained Intermediate Grade status (which equates to Level-3 Grade these days). Ross retired from active refereeing in 2005 at the age of 70. He was already engaged in the coaching of our 1st-Year referees, having started in 1998, and Ross is still going strong. Ross assists the New Referees’ convenor, developing new referees and performing all the duties of a referee coach. Most, if not all, of us will have received wise words from Ross in our 1st years in the Wellington Association.

Ross, You have provided outstanding service to refereeing and rugby. Congratulations.

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2015 Laws of the game


2015 World Rugby Laws of the game released

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Round 1 Fitness test Sunday 1 March

When:   Sunday 1 March 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.

Premier club rugby starts 21 March 2015.  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.

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Dr. Ben O’Keeffe Super Rugby Debut

Congratulations to Dr. Ben O’Keeffe who makes his Super Rugby debut earlier than expected replacing Chris Pollock. He will be refereeing Highlanders v Crusaders at Forsyth Barr Stadium, 21 February 2015 at 7:35 NZ time.

Ben O'Keeffe

Ben O’Keeffe

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WRRA 2014 Annual Report Final

The Wellington Rugby Referees Association executive are pleased to present the 2014 Annual Report. Just a reminder that the Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 23rd February 2015, at 7:30pm. Meeting will conclude with a light finger food.

Click the link to download the WRRA 2014 Annual Report

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Confirmed Swindale and Harper Lock Shield Draws

WRFUThe WRFU have released the confirmed Swindale Shield and Harper Lock Shield draws for the season. They kick off with a gala day at Trentham Memorial Park in Upper Hutt on Saturday 21st March.

Click here to download the Swindale Shield draw

Click here to download the Harper Lock Shield draw

There is information available here about the new club competition format for 2015.

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WRRA Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Wellington Rugby Referees Association will be held at the Petone Workingmens’ Club on the 23rd of February at 7:30pm.

Nominations are now being called for positions on the Executive for the upcoming year. Nominations are to be made in writing and must be sent to the Secretary (or email by 5pm on the 16th of February.

Download the nomination form from here.

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