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By getting to this web page you have taken the first step towards becoming a rugby referee in New England! We look forward to helping you start or continue your career as a referee and to continuing your enjoyment of the game. There is a lot of rugby played in New England. Join us and help make it a better game for everyone.

Getting Started

Start by contacting the New England Rugby Referees Society (NERRS) via an e-mail In the e-mail include your contact information (e-mail, telephone numbers and mailing address) and information about any previous experience as a rugby referee. We'll be in touch to follow up and get you out on the pitch. 

There are two basic requirements for being assigned by the Referees Society to matches:

  • Pass the USA Rugby Level 1 Certification Course
  • Registration with USA Rugby through the CIPP program

New England needs more referees, so the Referees Society and the New England Rugby Football Union will help you with these requirements and any other issues you may have, and once you have completed these requirements you are ready to join the Society and start refereeing!

You will be eligible for reimbursement of match expenses after your first assignment, and once you have accepted five assignments in a calendar year you will be eligible for an expanded number of benefits of membership in the New England Rugby Referees Society.

Join us - we look forward to seeing you on the pitch!