NSW Country Rugby Union


Referee Appointments for 2015 Country Championships

Day 1 Draw

Day 2 Draw


Country Referee Breaks New Ground

The 2015 NSW Country Rugby Union Championships will see for the first time a female referee as one of the match officials.

Kath Little from Walcha (Central North RRA) is an inclusion in the 9 person group of referees who will take charge of games at the Country Championships at Bowral on May 2-3.

She has previously been a member of the CRURA panels and after a break has come back to the fold to push her skills and test herself against the best referees in NSW Country.

In recent years Kath has been involved in both the Central Coast and Darwin 7’s carnivals, the National Women’s carnivals and the Country Schools carnival.

Kath’s selection for this carnival helps to reinforce that there is a pathway available for female referees in the representative fixtures in Australia during the season, which is becoming a year round season as 7’s rugby keeps gaining popularity throughout the sporting landscape.

With April being Referee’s Month in NSW, Kath and the other referees at this carnival will be looking to increase the profile of referees throughout the various zone Associations in an endeavor to raise the number of referee participants all levels of Community Rugby.


President’s Message 2014

Welcome to the 2014 rugby season it is shaping up to being a very exciting and full year. Following successful National and State Referees conferences late last year and our performances in 2013 as referees and coaches at the State Under 13 Championships, the 16s National Championships and the Central Coast 7’s, Country Referees have been invited to officiate in several new arenas.

We have been invited by the ARU to send two referees and a coach to the Darwin 7’s on the Australia Day weekend. Next is the ARU Junior Gold Cup running for 6 weeks during February and March where CRURA will be appointing to eighteen under 15 matches and seven under 17 matches and working with ARU referee coaches throughout Country NSW. Also on top of our normal representative program with the Cockatoos we have been invited by NSW Country to send a referee on their post season tour to the USA in October.

This season the Country Championship weekend is at Mudgee on 29 and 30 March. We will continue our Development Program for our younger referees and in conjunction with the Under 13 State Championships, the Country Junior Championships, Country Schools and TAS Primary Schools Carnival provide a pathway for continual improvement of our aspiring referees. We intend to again send coaches to the Coffs Coast Challenge in July. Sydney Junior referees will also be joining us at the TAS carnival to develop a closer relationship with these associations with the view to future expanded opportunities for all parties.

The more Senior and experienced coaches will again work with and mentor newer coaches on the Coaching and Grading Board and we will continue to invite local referee coaches to assist at carnivals as well, to help with their development. This aligns with the Committee’s desire expressed in 2013 to concentrate on referee and referee coach development so that the member Associations benefit when these individuals return from their CRURA experiences.

The Annual General Meeting was held in Coffs Harbour during November with the Executive remaining the same and two new Committee members, Fred Boog and Darrell Jones, replacing 3 long serving members who have retired. This leaves us with one vacancy on the Committee so if there is any one out there keen to assist then please let me know. I must acknowledge the work of the 3 retiring Committee members in Steve Miller, Peter Whalan and Ian Richardson all of whom provided wise counsel and guidance to the association over many years. Ian Richardson was re-elected Chairman of the CGB.

I would like to acknowledge our Sponsors, University of New England, Orica Mining Services and Protective Fencing for their ongoing support into 2014.

I hope all of you have a safe and rewarding season and achieve the goals that you may set for yourselves.

Yours in rugby refereeing,

Des George


Country Referees to Officiate in National Competition

NSW Country Rugby Referees have been appointed to matches in the ARU Junior Gold Cup (JGC).

The JGC is a new ARU National Competition which incorporates U15 and U17 Regional Representative Teams.

Six of the teams are NSW Country based and NSW Country Referees have been appointed to matches to be played in NSW Country Centres.

The JGC round robin competition runs for six weeks with the first matches kicking off in Dubbo and Wollongong on 16 February.

Go to the Resources Section of this webpage for the list of the NSWCRRA appointments to the Junior Gold Cup.


Country Refs in Sevens Heaven

NSW Country Rugby Referees Association (CRURA) is jumping on the Rugby Sevens bandwagon.

NSW CRRA nominated a referee coach and two referees for the Central Coast Sevens in October 2013 and has been asked to do the same for the Darwin 7s, held over the Australia Day weekend in 2014.

Orange based NSW Country Rugby Union Referees selection and coaching panel chairman Ian Richardson acted as a referee coach at the Central Coast Sevens and will do the same in Darwin, while Coolah’s Evelyn George and New England’s Kath Little will officiate at the event.

“Kath also refereed on the Central Coast,” Richardson explained.“For Darwin though, we decided to take a different angle with the nominations and included the two women.

“This is mainly because the Australian Rugby Union is having a huge push to get as many female referees involved in Sevens Rugby, with the target of possibly having them selected to the Rio Olympics in 2016.”2016 will be the first times Rugby Sevens will feature in the Olympic Games, and Richardson said his ultimate goal would be to see both Little and George officiate in Rio.

Richardson said Darwin Sevens is the chance of a lifetime, and expects both Little and George to do well.

“It’s a big opportunity for the individuals, but also to get Country Referees on the map, and get as much publicity as we can for the sport. I think both Kath and Evelyn will do very well; they’ll be under pressure but they can both deal with that pretty well.”

“It is a higher tier carnival as far as the ARU is concerned and they will use it as a talent spotting event, especially for the referees.”

The trio will take part in the Darwin 7s on January 25 and 26.











Referees - Jarryd Logan & Kath Little selected by the ARU to control games at the 2013 Central Coast 7's Competition.









                                       Referees - Steve Walsh & Will Finley


President’s Message

Welcome to the 2013 rugby season. I trust everyone has had a good break over the summer and are feeling revitalised and ready for the new season.

During November we held our Annual General Meeting. You will notice changes to the executive following the retirement of two long serving members of our Executive. I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks and gratitude to both Austin Rummery and Peter Charker for their invaluable efforts over the past years. I have replaced Austin as President and Tony Furey replaces Peter as Vice President. Andrew Birch has taken on the Secretary role and two new faces were elected onto the Committee, in Ian Richardson and Ian Hooper, both of whom will add extra experience and depth to our deliberations and discussions. Ian Richardson was also elected Chairman of the Coaching and Grading Board.

This season is fast approaching with the Country Championship weekend in late March at Tamworth. We have an expanded program with new carnivals added to our agenda this year. We have been invited to assist with the Coffs Coast Challenge, a 10 aside schools carnival in July, and recently CRURA has been allocated the Under 13 State Championships to be held on the June long weekend. Both of these carnivals will enable us to expand our Development Program for our younger referees and in conjunction with the Country Junior Championships, Country Schools and TAS Primary Schools Carnival provide a pathway for continual improvement of our aspiring referees. I wish all those refereeing at these carnivals all the best and hope they enjoy the experience.

This aligns with the Committee’s desire to concentrate on referee and referee coach development through CRURA so that the member Associations benefit when these individuals return from their CRURA experiences. To this end the Coaching and Grading Board has been expanded to 14 members to facilitate Coach the Coach Programs at all carnivals where the more Senior and experienced coaches will work with and mentor newer coaches on the Board. We will continue to invite local referee coaches to assist at carnivals as well to help with their development.

In closing I would like to acknowledge our Sponsors University of New England, Orica Mining Services and Protective Fencing for their ongoing support into 2013. It would be remiss of me if I didn’t also acknowledge the support of NSW Country Juniors and NSW Country Rugby Union without which we would find it extremely difficult to operate.

I hope all of you have a safe and rewarding season and achieve the goals that you may set for yourselves.

Yours in rugby refereeing,

Des George




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