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Gary Oakes

I live in East Auckland (Maraetai by the beach) and got into rugby refereeing about 5 years ago due to my son (12) joining the Pakuranga rugby club. After a challenging start and much (unprompted)…

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James Doleman

Why do you referee? My dad started refereeing after his playing career and regretted starting so late. So when I was coming back from an injury, and after multiple people saying I should give it…

Richard Loten

Richard Loten

Why do you referee? After finishing my playing days I wanted to stay involved in rugby. I’d always fancied giving refereeing a go (many people have questioned my sanity over this), and so after doing…

Ron Harman

Rob Harman

Why do you referee? In 2004 I made the tough decision to give up on my All Black dream (very much a dream) and give refereeing a try. Refereeing is a weekly physical and mental…

Patrick McGinniss

Why do you referee? Enjoy rugby whether watching / playing or refereeing. Every game needs a referee and it’s great watching the enjoyment of the players when it is a good contest. What do you…

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Clinton Fung

Why do you referee? I’ve always loved the game of rugby, but was never good at playing the game. Refereeing is a way for me to contribute to the game and stay (physically and mentally)…

Antony Petrie Referee Profile

Antony Petrie

Why do you referee? After retiring from rugby at aged 15, I decided to give refereeing a go. I referee because I love it and am passionate about it. It’s what I look forward to…

Richard Black

Richard Black

Profile: I played rugby for many years in Auckland and in London. I love the game and have followed the All Blacks to many places all over the world. I took up refereeing when we…

Rod Rowlands

Rod Rowlands

I’ve refereed for a long time and consider myself still learning. Why do you referee? I’m not by nature a particularly assertive person, and refereeing has helped me immensely in developing interpersonal skills which are…