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Welcome to the Wairarapa-Bush Rugby Referees Association home page

We need referees for all grades so whether you want to referee a Senior 1st or your child’s J.A.B match, refereeing will get you fit and give you the best view on the park.

Trust House Memorial Park
Dixon Street

Referees Association

Postal Address:

Shay O’Gorman
C/- Rathkeale College
Willow Park Drive
RD 11

Tom Roseingrave
Ph:         (06) 379 6744
Mob:    (027) 433 3216

Shay O’Gorman
Ph:         (06) 377 3945
Mob: (021) 988 361
email: sfo@rathkeale.school.nz

Peter Debney
Ph: (06) 370 8419
email: pa.se@xtra.co.nz

If you’re looking at joining the greatest game on Earth with a front-row seat as a referee (or you know someone who is), then here’s some information that might help. A new Be in the Game strategy has been implemented by New Zealand Rugby. It encourages potential referees – especially younger ones – to pick up the whistle as a way of being an integral part the game. Read on for the information from NZ Rugby.

2018 BE IN THE GAME Strategy:
BE IN THE GAME promotes the involvement referees have in the game of rugby: in the centre of the action and involved.
In 2018 we are no longer focusing on the messages of ‘keep your boots on’ and ‘stay involved in the game post-playing’ – refereeing is a form of playing rugby, not something we do post-playing.
• This year we are hoping to target a younger audience through the BE IN THE GAME campaign and help promote refereeing as a fun, exciting way to be involved in rugby.
• The BE IN THE GAME campaign is designed to be colourful and exciting and portray refereeing in a ‘new’ light.
• Refereeing is action packed, physically and mentally challenging, and takes training and self-discipline to improve – just like playing the game.
• Refereeing promotes a life-long love of the game. Referees are part of a community and all about mateship. There are pathways in place, development opportunities and it’s a vital part of New Zealand Rugby’s high performance programme.

BE IN THE GAME Website: www.beinthegame.nz

BE IN THE GAME Social Media:
• @BeInTheGameNZ – www.facebook.com/beinthegamenz
• @BeInTheGameNZ – www.instagram.com/beinthegamenz

• Hashtag #BeInTheGame
• BE IN THE GAME in 2018. Experience the action and excitement of rugby. Referee.
• A life-long love of rugby. Join the team and referee.
• Grassroots to high performance. Refereeing gives you the opportunity to be the best you can be.
• Join the team in 2018 & referee.