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Poverty Bay Rugby Associate Referee Course 2019

Course Date: 6pm Wednesday May 1. More FM Rugby Park. Referee Clubrooms

The Associate Referee course is a NZ Rugby course designed for club members, parents, siblings, students or anyone interested in being trained as a Referee to cover games at your club or school where there is no official referee.

Grass roots rugby starts with junior rugby and just like the senior games, all junior rugby games need a referee. From Rippa rugby at under 6’s and under 7’s, all the way up to under 13’s, the thankless task of refereeing these games often falls back onto the coaches of the teams.

But here’s the thing, coaching boys and girls to play and refereeing their games are two distinct roles and often, the two conflict with each other.

To help alleviate this, the New Zealand Rugby Union implemented an “Associate Referee” category.

Most people know what a knock on looks like, what a forward pass looks like and what a dangerous tackle looks like, so you can safely assume you won’t learn those. During a typical 2 hour “Associate Referee” course, you’ll learn:


  • How to run a scrum safety briefing
  • How to conduct the toss and work out who is running in which direction and who is kicking off
  • How to get yourself ready both physically and mentally for your game

During a Match:

  • How to set up the two teams at a kick off
  • Where to run once the ball has been kicked off
  • Where to run when the ball moves either sideways or forward
  • What to look for and what to say when a tackle, a ruck, or a maul forms so that the ball comes out
  • What to do when you see an infringement occur
  • How to restart the game if the ball doesn’t come out from a tackle, ruck maul or set piece (scrum/lineout)

After Match:

  • What to do at the end of the game (and what not to do)
  • What to do if you have a yellow or a red card
  • How to monitor and measure your performance so you can get better

What You Will Get:

  • A start up referee pack, including whistle, cards, flags and law book.

Course Date: 6pm Wednesday May 1. More FM Rugby Park. Referee Clubrooms

For more information and to register contact Game Development Manager for Referees, Miah Nikora. or 0275957056