Association / Organisation National Rugby League


Get involved in rugby league! 

The great sport of rugby league is full-contact and is played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field.  

Rugby league is an all-inclusive sport and there are opportunities for the whole family to get involved, with organised programs for juniors, youth, physical disabilities, men, women, social, universities, school, primary, college, learning disability, masters, touch, tag, sky try, and wheelchair.  

The National Rugby League: working with veterans and their families 

Partnering with VSA, in 2019 the NRL developed the ‘Battlefields to Footy Fields’ program to encourage and support veterans to join the rugby league refereeing ranks.  

Through the B2F program, veterans are trained to become accredited referees and are supported throughout their refereeing journey – from officiating local club matches to higher honours. There are also opportunities for veterans with physical impairments to join the program as mentors.  

The program provides veterans with the opportunity to: 

  • Undertake an NRL Officiating Course with built in Vocational Education & Training components 
  • Initially referee rugby league matches in their local community while also providing pathways to the upper levels of officiating, including the professional ranks 
  • Participate in coaching and/or mentoring to undertake accreditation courses to fulfil these roles 
  • Become a valued team member 
  • Earn additional income 
  • Be supported through the journey by well-established officiating structures

As part of the program, the NRL provides veterans with: 

  • Uniforms 
  • Insurance and association fees 
  • Equipment 
  • A mentor who will train and follow the referee as they move up the officiating rank 

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