Welcome to the WP Refs Society Website

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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Vaccination Circular

Please see the following documents regarding the vaccination position within the rugby organisations in South Africa. Below are the documents mentioned above; click to open/download: Circular letter to clubs Government Gazette 45329 General Meeting Presentation 2022...

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Newsletter – Start of Season

With the new season starting today, the Chairperson has published a newsletter with relevant information. Download here: WPRRS Newsletter February...

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Last night, Wednesday 08 May 2024, our society showed its seriousness of elavating our ladies refereeing game. Providing the support to our female referees at the same level as that of our men is extremely important to the leadership of the organisation. We were honoured to appoint an all ladies team to the Southern Suburbs Derby of University of Cape Town (UCT) vs Villager RFC. This Super League A clash occurrred on The Green Mile where, Martie Mostert (3rds), Bulela Qwane (2nds) and Zoe Naude (1sts) showcased their talents at the highest level of club rugby in the Western Province. We are extremely proud of our ladies including Zanri Breytenbach (who unfortunately had to withdraw from the u20 game due to an illness) as well as Lisa-Mari Coetzee who refereed the u20b games. With one of the worlds best referees, Aimee Barrett - Theron being a member of our society and a trailblazer for women in sport we are compelled to work hard at her legacy of ensuring the games has as many female referees as their male counter parts and that they perform at the same high performance levels. Congratulations to our young referees on their performances. Should any young lady out there wish to join this amazing hobby/sport of refereeing then they can send us a message. ... 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