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

Wednesday 22 July 2020

Honour boards now live on our website

Traditionally clubs and associations have large wooden boards in their club and meeting houses, that list office bearers and award winners. These physical reminders invoke a sense of history, foundation, and a way for new members to connect with past members.

We don't have a clubhouse and our typical off field presence in this day-and-age is online. So I'd like to introduce to you our Virtual Honours Board (or click on the tab Honours at the top of this page). Take a look around for some familiar names - many popping up over and over.

These records have been compiled from hard copy and digital meeting minutes, actual shields, assorted documentation and a little bit of member memories. If you spot typos, or know first names of people that can replace an initial, or have documents from the 80's or earlier that can shed light on more of our history, please email

Thursday 18 June 2020

Scrum review activity

Need to or want to, brush up on scrum process? A great way to do this is to look at a full games worth of scrums and plan what your communications, actions and decisions should be at each one. Context matters - that's why you watch a whole games worth.
Use this scrum review template (in Library > Learning Resources) to list out each scrum, the action the referee should do, what the players are doing, what talk from the ref is required and a description of context.
To use as a development tool - watch one of your own games. What you choose at home on paper, might not be what you did on the day - but this is how you can implant better actions and outcomes in your mind, ready for the next game. Even if you don't have videos of your own game, use this as a learning tool by watching any other game! 
Of course, this template is already filled in - use it (and the videos linked) as a guide but make a copy, empty it out, and try it with your own.

Wednesday 10 June 2020

Education meeting for June - Scrums

Join us next Wednesday 17th at 6:30pm ONLINE for our next education session. The session will be about scrums.

Similar to previous sessions, this is best attended on a computer, a tablet or phone can be used but may limit your participation.

When you join, please be respectful of others by initially muting your microphone and not showing your video immediately. Discussion and sharing may already have commenced.

Join the Zoom meeting at

Sunday 31 May 2020

In memoriam Brett Waterford

1 Nov 1972 - 28 May 2020

It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that after months courageously battling illness, Brett has passed away.

Having served as an accredited club assistant referee at Power House Juniors since 2015 (where he also served as the club's Junior Coordinator) Brett undertook the referee's Foundation Course in 2016, and later that season received his accreditation and orange shirt. In 2017, he joined the VRRA Committee as Treasurer, and in 2018 moved to the role of VP Recruitment & Retention. He was then again elected to that position for 2019 and despite his illness he insisted on continuing in the role. It was this spirit of commitment that led him to being awarded the VRRA 2019 Best Clubman Award.

Aside from these formal roles, there was nothing that Brett didn't want to get involved in. A keen supporter of the Saturday Shuffle - he was very happy to cross town for a big breakfast even if it meant sprints with Shannon! Brett was first to volunteer for any tournament rugby. He would be there with not just a flag and whistle but enough sweets to keep everyone going all day or weekend. And his super powered camp chair was always on offer to all.

Brett was a strong supporter of the Victorian rugby youth, actively seeking out opportunities where kids could referee and play, no more so than with his own son Finn. Brett shared his love of all things rugby with Finn supporting him to be a better player and referee.

To read about Brett’s equal immersion in club rugby see this Power House tribute.

In memoriam David Bertram

14 Jan 1938 - 22 May 2020

It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that David, a long serving and valued member of both the Victorian rugby and refereeing community, has passed away.

David was completely involved in Victorian Rugby in every capacity. From player to coach, to administrator and supporter, he was immersed in the game at all levels.

David was a member of the VRRA between 1965 and 1967 and continued to referee when needed after this time. When needed? David would often get a call from the appointments officer saying he was appointed to a game.... coincidentally a game he was intending to play in. With the choice of either refereeing the game or the game not going ahead, of course he would referee it for the benefit of his club and teammates.

For a great more detail about David’s playing and coaching roles and influences, please do read this great dialogue shared by the Moorabbin Rams.

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Education meeting for May - Application of U19 law

Join us next Wednesday 20th at 6:30pm ONLINE for our next education session. The session will be about the application of U19 law.

Similar to previous sessions, this is best attended on a computer, a tablet or phone can be used but may limit your participation.

When you join, please be respectful of others by initially muting your microphone and not showing your video immediately. Discussion and sharing may already have commenced.

Join the Zoom meeting at

Tuesday 7 April 2020

Be ready to ref

Although the season start is postponed to an unknown time, and its format is yet to be determined, the message from your VRRA Committee is Be ready to ref. 

In tonight's committee meeting (see those happy faces!) we discussed all the usual portfolio activities and although some things are on hold, in general, our goal is to be ready to ref as soon as games are scheduled.

We regret to inform you that Travis and Nick have had to step down from their committee roles due to work commitments, but in the same breath we welcome Andrew Schwilk to the committee as a (no) ordinary member! Andrew will be adding a new string to his bow, and will be working with RV and the VRRA coaching group, on appointments. 

If you haven't done so already - now is a great time to get onto the Learning Center and complete any content that needs updating. Smart Rugby, assistant referee or referee accreditation. Don't worry about the on field assessment - we have a list of you ready to visit as soon as were all on the field - but if you get the exam component done now, that's a great way to be ready to ref. 

Heads up - we have another online ed session planned for the 22nd April. More details to come soon.

Wednesday 18 March 2020

Education meeting for March - Become a better referee

Join us next Wednesday 25th at 6:30pm ONLINE for our first education session of the year. The session will include:

  •  revision and group discussion of the referee profile and what it means to different referees and referee coaches
  • how you can use the referee profile to become a better referee
  • guest speaker Dr Clare MacMahon will share with us ways to improve as a referees and coaches

Register for the meeting here . After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

This session is best attended using a computer (preferably with headphones with a mic). A tablet may be used but some functionality may not be available. A phone should not be used.

Some parts of the session will be recorded for later viewing but the meeting will be interactive - please join us next week to get the most out of the session.

Friday 14 February 2020

Annual update @ Quins 23th Feb, 9am to 1pm

Its time to update!

All Victorian referees are requested to attend the annual update to be held at Harlequins Rugby Club on the 23th February 2020.

In this session you will learn of activities and initiatives of the VRRA for the coming season, hear the GMG's first hand from RA's Graham Cooper, and get to know some of your match official team mates better.

The session starts at 9am and will run through to 1:30pm. Tea, coffee and snacks will be available, but feel free to bring your own special orders.

Sunday 26 January 2020

Save the dates and enter your unavailability in RAS now

Season 2020 is coming, and the CAG is already penciling you in for preseason games.

As you have already read the calendar ;) you know that the annual update is Sun 23rd Feb (@ Quins) and the Dewar Shield kicks off 18th April.

In addition to these:
 - Preseason Cup (senior teams) in Shepparton 14 and 15 March
 - Schools and Juniors KO 2 May

If you are not available, remember to update RAS:
- Sign in to
- Select RAS from the left hand side menu
- Select Unavailable dates and enter the days.

Friday 17 January 2020


Returning members from previous years or new members all need to register with the association online.

Go to 
and select your own account to register. Enter "Victorian Referees" when searching for your club, and answer the questions. Typically if nothing has changed since last time you registered, keep clicking next until you get to the end.

For help on this process download the Rugby Xplorer Registration Guide.

Tuesday 14 January 2020

Fitness Training Jan and Feb

OK so using the 'meeting' image for this blog entry might be misleading to some, but running around - and eating - involves plenty of discussion time, so fitness training for referees is definitely classed as a meeting!

Our time at the Power House rugby ground in Albert Park will start in February - so we have a light start for you until then:
  • Saturday 18th - Run Fawnker Park (across road from hospital) followed by brunch (see Facebook)
  • Monday 20th - Tan Run - meet at the Tan Pillars at 6:30pm near the Swan St Bridge
  • Monday 27th - take the day off its a public holiday!
  • Monday 3rd Feb onward - 6:30pm start at the south eastern end of the grounds. Optional dinner outing afterwards.

Monday 13 January 2020

Season 2020 Planned Calendar

Hello 2020!

Time to start moving and thinking rugby. See attached the planned season calendar which includes training, education and social events. From February we aim to be back at Albert Park for training, and our education sessions will be at Bell's Hotel. Of course there may be some adjustments as we proceed, but this should give you plenty of notice to plan.

View this calendar 3 ways:
- On the left side of this webpage
- If you use gmail / google - view the calendar with this link
- Download and print this 2 page colour coded PDF