The Taranaki Rugby Referees Association (TRRA) has had an affiliation with the Taranaki Rugby Football Union (TRFU) for over 100 years.
Rugby is played every weekend from March to November and the TRRA provides referees for matches from representative matches to premier club rugby, down to school and Small Blacks rugby. Referees play a key part in the fabric of rugby, not only in Taranaki, but across the world.
The TRRA has had a strong history of success including several test referees, national squad members and currently has four referees in the New Zealand Rugby High Performance system, including one professional.
You can be involved in our national game with a whistle in hand!
What you need to become a referee:
All you need is a love of the game, willingness to learn and a pair of boots, we will provide the rest from your gear, whistle and training and development
Coaching and training:
From March to the end of August the TRRA meet weekly during the season which features a number of training and development sessions, presentations, workshops and practical session to ensure every referee is up to speed with refereeing. Much of the training is interactive with plenty of healthy discussion about the phases of the game. The meetings are facilitated by the Referee Education Officer and utilises the strong resources in Taranaki from our high performance and premier referees to the Yarrow Taranaki Bulls coaching group.
Referee coaches view your refereeing and will provide feedback and advice to ensure you’re continuing to grow.
Click here to view the 2018 training and development schedule
Referee Education Officer
President/Chairman: Ray Hopkinson
Executive: Ray Hopkinson, Rob Lord, Stu Waite, Lionel Shaw, Grant Hassall, Joe Deegan, Darryl Heibner
Appointments: Rob Lord (afternoon), Joe Deegan (north morning), Lionel Shaw (south morning)
TRRA website www.taranakirra.com
TRRA Facebook page www.facebook.com/taranakirugbyrefs