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The Western Province Rugby Referees’ Society is an affiliate of the Western Province Rugby Union.  It is responsible for the recruitment, training, grading and appointment of referees to all sanctioned games in the Province, primarily at club level but also to school games where possible.

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A rugby man through and through

Allan O’Connell recently passed away from natural causes after serving the sport he loved for most of his life, leaving behind his wife and family. Allan was an active referee for 28 years, doing duty both in Western Province and Durban. After hanging up his whistle...

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Status quo remains…The new year has dawned and the state of play remains the same – no rugby, or other amateur sport for that matter, for the foreseeable future.‘The recent rise in Covid-related infections, and additional adjusted living regulations, has dashed any hopes of a short-term return to amateur rugby,’ says WP Rugby Referees’ Society chairperson Joey Salmans. ‘We have decided to remain below the radar at this stage: there is no indication, at this point, when we may be allowed to return to play. Therefore we have postponed our Executive strategic workshop and will re-schedule once we have a better idea of a return to play plan.’‘In fact, all of the Society’s activities remain on hold for now. In the interim I encourage members to continue with their exercise and fitness programmes – it’s good for your mind and body! And above all stay safe – look after yourselves, your families and those around you. The basic precautions are still the most effective against the virus: wear a mask, wash your hands, social distance, and avoid crowds. Our safety is in our own hands.’Updates on any changes to our situation will be communicated on our various news platforms. ... See MoreSee Less
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It is our vision to SUPPORT the DEVELOPMENT of referees of WORLD STANDARD that are willing to serve rugby at all levels in Western Province, South Africa and in World Rugby.


To achieve our vision, we believe that we need to be successful at the following:

–  Building a working relationship with Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU)and the South African Rugby Referees’ Society (SARRA) based on trust and mutual respect.

–  Developing referees at all levels in the Society that are equitably representative of the rugby-playing public in Western Province and South Africa.

–  Providing training and development programmes and referees’ coaches of worldstandard.

–  Providing opportunities that will equip sufficient referees to deliver an effective service at all levels.

–  Ensuring that all referees have thorough knowledge of rugby laws and meet the fitness requirements.

–  Delivering efficient and well-maintained business and financial systems.

–  Organising systematic and well-planned appointments of referees to all games in Western Province Rugby.

  Meaningful recommendations to SARRA regarding laws and changes to laws that can improve the game of rugby.


We believe in the following values:

ACCOUNTABILITY:  We are accountable and responsible in everything we do.

TRUSTWORTHTY:  We can be trusted that we will always act with integrity and honesty at all times.

MUTUAL RESPECT: We will treat every person with respect and human dignity.

TRUTH TELLING: We will be transparent and honest in our communications, in order to reach a mutual understanding with people we encounter.

PROFESSIONALISM: We will always be highly motivated in everything we do and act with dignity and respect of our profession.

TOTAL COMMITMENT: We will be loyal and committed to our members and rugby as a whole