Sunday, 1 August 2021


Match official appointments are sent by email from Rugby Xplorer, typically at the beginning of the week for that next weekend. Changes are often made up until Friday evening so please do check your email Saturday morning!

Be sure to click to accept or reject the appoint ASAP (so that referee rearrangement can be done early).

By Thursday they usual settle and we update these lists for your reference: Appointments PDF and Appointments XLSX. Refer to these lists to see who else is at or near your ground that you might be able watch or support in anyway.

Monday, 12 April 2021

Enter your unavailability in Rugby Xplorer


If you haven't entered your unavailability in Rugby Xplorer, its pretty likely you'll get appointed to a game. If you then cannot accept that appointment, you will make at least 3 people (up to about 8) very grumpy. 

For step by step guidance see Entering your unavailability in Rugby Xplorer.

Top tips for recording your unavailability:

  • Enter your unavailability ASAP (appointments planning is done over weeks and months, not week to week)
  • Use the website not the app 
  • Always check Referee and Referee Coach boxes (even if you are not an accredited referee coach, you might be appointed in this category to mentor another referee)
  • Always include times as well as dates (you might only be out for the morning, or afternoon, or it could be all weekend).

Thursday, 4 March 2021

Annual update @ Quins 20th Mar, 8:30am to 12:30pm


Its time to update!

All Victorian referees were requested to attend the annual update held at Harlequins Rugby Club on the 20th March 2021.

In this session we learned of activities and initiatives of the VRRA for the coming season, heard the GMG's first hand from RA's Graham Cooper, and got to know some of your match official team mates better.

The session started at 9am and ran through to 12:30pm.

This presentation outlines what was discussed - the GMGs and what is happening in the VRRA this year in terms of appointments, coaching, community, recruitment and retention and admin.


Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Referee Ready courses start now


Want to become a referee? Take the first step and join a Referee Ready course online. First offering for the year is Monday 1st March, and they will be offered regularly online throughout the year. 

To sign up for a course go to and in the Learning Center and enroll in the Referee Ready course. 

If you would like a face to face delivery of this course at your club for a group, please email to arrange a referee to come to you.

Sunday, 22 November 2020

2020 AGM 6:30pm 30th November


The annual general meeting of the Victorian Rugby Referees Association to be held online at 6:30pm with Google Meet on the 30th November 2020.

Documents including previous minutes, proxy nomination form and committee nomination forms have been emailed to all current members. If you have not received these, please email

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Rebels 10 Year Favorite XV - Captain

Yep were in lockdown in Melbourne and there's no local rugby, but we still got together this month for a chat and a bit of fun.

With so many positive responses from last months meeting, we carried on with the same theme - the Rebels 10 Year favorite XV. This time we asked a little more from the group, those nominating a candidate had to debate the merits of their nomination within a strict time limit of 60 seconds.

There was a strong field of contenders, with very compelling arguments given, but when it came to the voting there was overwhelming support for our winner, MARK ROWE! Although our Favorite XV has been a bit of fun for us - its great that we can give a shout out to one the Rebels hardest working and longest serving team members. Congratulations on your 150 game milestone Rowey. 

The vice captain winner may sound a bit controversial, but hey, remember this activity is for fun! Joint vice captains are Kurtley Beale | James O'Conner | Danny Cipriani. Their case was admirably argued by the elected Honorary Chairman of Selectors for the 10 Year Favorite XV - Hamish Bertram

Thanks to everyone who joined in and gave your communication skills a work out! 

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Rebels 10 Year Favourite XV

As part of our last education and social get together the VRRA membership was invited to vote for their favourite All Time Rebels XV to join in the 10 year celebration of our local (and for some, favourite) Super team.

A comprehensive list was compiled that included every player to earn a cap for the team over the 10 years - 165 in total.

Like most elections with non compulsory voting, the  turnout was slightly disappointing. But as we all know, if you don't vote you forgo your right to complain about the outcome. i.e. don't blame us for the results if you didn't vote 😄

The final results were an interesting mix, with nostalgia appearing to play a factor in the forward pack, whilst the backline was dominated by current and more recent selections. Perhaps this says something about the recruitment strategies across the years with a focus put on the forward pack initially and a bit of a revolving door in the back line?

A number of players who won Wallaby caps missed out on making this auspicious team which was an interesting outcome.

Your VRRA Rebels 10 Year Favourite XV

1. Toby Smith
2. Shota Horie
3. Laurie Weeks
4. Adam Coleman
5. Luke Jones
6. Scott Higginbotham
7. Sean McMahon
8. Gareth Delve
9. Will Genia
10. Matt Toomua
11. Marika Koroibete
12. Stirling Mortlock
13. Tom English
14. Reece Hodge
15. Dane Haylett-Petty