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Rebecca Mahoney retires from first class refereeing

Media Release: Rebecca Mahoney retires from first class refereeing

Rebecca Mahoney has announced her retirement from top class refereeing.

On behalf of the Wairarapa Bush Rugby Union, we congratulate Rebecca on her amazing career which has spanned decades as a Black Fern player and a first—class Referee.

Rebecca was a trailblazer, being the first women to referee a first-class Heartland matches followed her first Mitre 10 Championship game (Hawkes Bay vs Southland) and a Ranfurly Shield Challenge.

Internationally Rebecca officiated at several Women’s Rugby World Cups and a regular on the international Sevens circuit.

While her international career has come to an end, we believe at some stage, Rebecca will be available for our local competition.

Rebecca has been a true champion and an inspiration to us all – On behalf of the Wairarapa Community, thank you and well—done.


Rebecca Mahoney International/Provincial Statistics :

    • Internationals:
      2016: Auckland (W) v Australai (W). (1)
    • 2019: Fijiana (W) v Hong Kong (W) (Nadi); USA (W) v Canada (W) (San Diego); Ireland (W) v WAles (W) (Dublin); England (W) v France (W) (Exeter); Australia A (W) v Samoa (W) (Lautoka); Fijiana (W) v Samoa (W) (Lautoka). 6
    • Total: 7

Provincial record: (W=Women’s Matches)

  • 2015: Auckland (W) v Waikato (W); Auckland (W) v Wellington (W); Manawatu (W) v Bay of Plenty (W); Wellington (W) v Manawatu (W); Wellington (W) v Canterbury (W). (5)
  • 2016: Canterbury (W) v Waikato (W); Counties M (W) v Auckland (W); Manawatu (W) v Wellington (W); Wellington (W) v Waikato (W). (4)
  • 2017: Manawatu (W) v Waikato (W); Nth Harbour (W) v Auckland (W); Waikato (W) v Wellington (W); Wellington (W) v Manawatu (W). (4)
  • 2018: Buller v Mid Canterbury; Poverty Bay v Buller; Thames Valley v King Country. (3)
  • 2018: Auckland (W) v Bay of Plenty (W); Canterbury (W) v Counties M (W); Hawkes Bay (W) v Wellington (W); Wellington (W) v Canterbury (W). (4)
  • 2019: Hawkes Bay v Southland; Otago v Nth Otago; Sth Canterbury v Buller; Wanganui v Thames Vly; NZ Heartland v NZ Marist (5)
  • 2019: Auckland (W) v Wellington (W); Canterbury (W) v Auckland (W); Counties M (W) v Canterbury (W); Manawatu (W) v Waikato (W); Otago (W) v Hawkes Bay (W); Waikato (W) v Canterbury (W). (6)
  • Total: 31

Career as a referee:

  • Rebecca was the first of two women to be named to the New Zealand Elite Referee Squad.
  • Rebecca was also named to the World Referee Squad and referee ‘ed  at the 2018 World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Dubai, Japan, Australia, London, and New Zealand.
  • Rebecca first international referring rugby union test was in Hong Kong.
  • Rebecca refereed rugby sevens at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast of Australia.