Founded in 1936/7 the Dorset & Wilts Society of Rugby Union Referees in their first season, provided refs to around 30 games, with a match fee of 6d to the club to cover expenses, this was reduced to 3d due to fuel restrictions.


By 1956, the Society provided refs to 172 games and there was discontent amongst the clubs due to the charge of 5 shillings made by the society for a referee. During this season only one game was without a referee. Exchanges were made to Hampshire, Somerset, Oxfordshire and Kent.

Last season, 1,324 appointments were made, mainly as referees but some Assistant Referee roles. Providing much work not only for the Referees but the appointments team and many other volunteers involved. With many other exchanges undertaken.

Welcome to the Dorset & Wilts Society of Rugby Union Referees.

We are a forward thinking Society and are actively looking to increase the number of referees available to cover the games throughout the Counties and support new referees to accomplish the highest standard possible at whichever grade they reach.

If you should have any queries about the Society and you cannot find the information on our website, please feel free to contact myself or the relevant member of Committee from the contact details below. By clicking on the roles their email address will show up.

Many thanks for your enquiry

Denis Nolan
Chairman D&WSRFUR

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