More matches, more refs

Borders Rugby Referees’ Society (BRRS) calls for more people to convert to refereeing.

Additional teams and league changes means the Borders game will require more referees than in previous seasons.

The call from the Borders Rugby Referees’ Society comes ahead of the new season which kicks off in just a few weeks time. The BRRS is encouraging anyone with an interest in becoming a rugby referee to attend its pre-season meeting on Friday 16 August.

Ronnie Dumma, BRRS chair said:

“The Scottish Borders is the heartland of rugby in Scotland and we are proud of the area’s record of producing international captains, players and referees something we are all determined to maintain. However, key to that is the local game and with recent changes to the leagues, we’ll have more games than ever over the course of the next few seasons.

“Clearly referees and supporting officials have an absolutely crucial role to play because without them the games simply wouldn’t be able to go ahead – we need more officials to ensure we can fulfil the obligations we have. We’ve been proactively promoting the benefits that being a referee can bring for a few years now and we now need to see that pipeline of future referees coming to fruition. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get or stay involved in the game, stay active and healthy, make new friends and play a small part in the careers of future Scotland internationalists.

“Anyone with an interest in making the conversion should come along to our meeting at Gala YM or even get in touch with us directly and we can ensure that they receive all the supporting they need to become a referee.”


The meeting will take place at Gala YM Clubrooms, Roxburgh Street, Galashiels on Friday 16 August with a 6.45pm for 7.00pm start. All welcome.

For further information on becoming a referee please contact David Changleng, Referee Development Officer (Tel 07736354150) or Ronnie Dumma, BRRS Chair, (Tel 07506077023)