Archives: Referee Bios

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Tom Read

“Since I joined my local referee society I’ve had the chance to talk to so many referees and to learn from their experiences”

Rebecca Rees

What was it that got you into refereeing? I was always curious about refereeing but always thought I wasn’t knowledgeable enough – the only dealings I had with a referee was when my knock-on ended an advantage… However, when I moved back to Newcastle for a new job I struggled to fully commit to training… Read more »

Emma Sly

What was it that got you into refereeing? I had played rugby for Moseley but then after a broken ankle, leading to several operations, I had to admit my playing days were over, so I took up coaching. I completed Level 1 and 2 and currently coach at Spartans Rugby Club in Warwickshire. A conversation… Read more »

Ewan Leadbeater


1. What was it that got you into refereeing? Having played until the age of c. 12 it was pretty evident that I wasn’t a player.  I was always that kid running away from the contact. At this point I drifted away from playing the sport but still had a big passion for it. In… Read more »

George Beckley

What was it that got you into refereeing? After breaking my shoulder for the second time I thought it was time to move on from the playing the game, but I wanted to stay involved.  So I completed a referee course with my brother in Truro. However it took another couple of breaks to finally… Read more »

Thomas Doig

What was it that got you into refereeing? I loved playing rugby at school and and university, but as a small guy getting hit by increasingly bigger guys, my body did not share the enthusiasm. Sadly, my shoulder eventually gave up on rugby in my early twenties but because of my love of the game,… Read more »

Matthew David Sharpe

What was it that got you into refereeing? After injuring my shoulder three years ago in Sydney I could no longer play, so I immersed myself in work and lost interest in the game. I returned to the UK two years later and decided to get back into refereeing, which I had done at school…. Read more »

John Abram

The most rewarding thing is coming to the realisation that referees are valued and appreciated by players, coaches and spectators alike.

Phil Everitt

What was it that got you into developing and supporting referees? A desire to pass on my knowledge and experience, wanting to help others as I was helped. What’s the most rewarding thing about your role? Seeing referees I coach or mentor progress and develop, and that lightbulb moment when they start to self-evaluate and… Read more »

Daley Oladapo

What was it that got you into refereeing? After taking time out of the game, I went to watch a local match at my former club where my old rugby coach asked me to start playing again. I protested that I didn’t have the size to play in my preferred position. So I was given… Read more »