Both referees and assistant referees have a responsibility to report all instances of all temporary suspensions (yellow cards), send offs (red cards), serious referee abuse, and games that have to be called off due to foul play or misconduct.

In the case of temporary suspensions (yellow cards), send offs (red cards), serious abuse and where games have to be called off, a Judicial Hearing may take place. In the interest of natural justice, the New Zealand Rugby Disciplinary Rules gives all match officials (and anyone who wishes to instigate proceedings) a maximum time of 48 hours from the completion of the match that the incident occurs, to submit their report to the Provincial Union having jurisdiction over the match.

Step One:As soon as possible after the completion of the match, all referees and assistant referees involved in the incident must ensure you have positively identified all players involved in the incident. This includes their full name, the number on their jersey and the position they played during the game.

Step Two:All match officials below Senior  level must call Referee Coach as soon as possible after the game and BEFORE you submit your report. All send off and Blue Card reports must be received by theSouth CanterburyRugby Union within 48 hours of the completion of the game (Red Cards 24 hours), including an additional Assistant Referee report if the incident was reported to the referee by them.

Step Three:Once you’ve discussed the circumstances surrounding the incident relating to your report, you MUST then fill out a Disciplinary Match Official Report. This can be accessed via the SCRFU Game Day App 

PDF for instructions on Game Day App (click here for PDF)

If you are unable to submit the report via the app, use the form link below. If the incident includes Referee Abuse, please also complete the Referee Abuse Notification form for NZ Rugby to provide support.


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