Welcome to The Kent Society of Rugby Referees

The Society was formed in 1950 and currently has around 166 members in various roles.  We organize monthly training meetings for Referees and Match Observers at all levels of the game. These sessions provide a useful forum to aid development and also to share ideas with fellow rugby enthusiasts.

Members of the Society have progressed to Premiership, National Panel and South East Group level.  The Society also maintains strong links with our colleagues from Sussex in the South East Federation.

We look forward to welcoming you to one of our meetings but should you have any queries in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact us using the link at the top of the page.


Referees Required - Rye Tournament


  • The Rye Rugby Festival is now in its 5th Year and will take place on Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th May 2014. This event is now one of the largest rugby festivals in the UK with more than 4,000 persons involved. It will take place at Rye Rugby Club.  

    They are looking for referees to asist them and will supply the following:- 
    Payment of £70 per day for refereeing (total £140) accommodation for 2 or 3 nights (if required).
    The event is about serious refereeing duties, enjoyment of the game, fun and good refereeing. If you are interested contact Phil Bowers Sussex Referees Society or Stephen da Costa at Sports Tours

Referee Awards

The following awards were awarded for 2013.

Best Newcomer - Gareth Edwards

Most Improved Referee - Ben Preece

President's Award - Nick Wickham

The Robert Horner Award - Colin Blackham

Become a Rugby Referee

rugbyrefsmall.jpgRefereeing rugby matches is a challenging occupation that will keep you mentally as well as physically fit. It is a unique way to be  involved in the sport of rugby. Have a look at our joining page to see how you too can become a rugby referee.

Who's The Ref

Click to open website'Who's The Ref' manages the Society's appointments using an online appointments system.   This system was trialled successfully by Norfolk and is now used at every level by Scottish Rugby. Many other societies have since subscribed both in the UK and abroad.  www.whos-the-ref.com