Rugby League


12 Apr 2023

Masters Rugby League needs referees

Masters Rugby League needs referees

Masters Rugby League is being enjoyed by thousands of players this year and as numbers continue to grow the RFL is offering free training to anyone interested in becoming a match official. 

Masters Rugby League is aimed at older individuals with an interest in the game regardless of playing experience. And it’s a very social game, with every match ending in a 0-0 draw and post-match refreshments for all – match officials included!

Whilst the rules of Masters Rugby League differ to that of the full contact version, participants will be taught all the knowledge that is needed to confidently officiate the social variant of the game. 

65-year-old Paul Field from Halifax has been playing and refereeing since Masters Rugby League first came to the UK from New Zealand in April 2008 and he hasn’t looked back since taking on the role.  

Paul explains: 

“I can’t recommend refereeing Masters enough to people. Great moments of refereeing Masters Rugby League are walking on a pitch, seeing people happy and smiling as they’re playing and then walking off blowing that final whistle and having a beer together afterwards as a group. That’s a highlight every time you referee.” 

Masters Match Official Courses’ will be taking place in Wakefield on Monday 17 April and in Rochdale on the 20th. Anyone interested should email or to confirm their attendance.  

Masters Match Official Course – Yorkshire 

  • Date: Monday 17th April
  • Time: 7-9pm
  • Location: Stanley Rangers, Wakefield WF3 4EP

Masters Match Official Course – North West  

  • Date: Thursday 20th April 2023
  • Time: 7-9pm
  • Location: Rochdale Mayfield, Rochdale OL11 3AG