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Referees in Finland are appointed by the Finland Rugby Referees Association (FRRA).

Whether highly experienced or just picking up the whistle for the first time, match officials play a pivotal role in each and every game of rugby. For both players and spectators, refereeing can be a fantastic way of giving back to the sport and helping to promote its development at grass-roots level. For those with personal ambitions, refereeing in a small country like Finland can also very quickly mean officiating at Championship level, being sent on exchange to foreign countries, and even involvement in Rugby Europe international matches. World Rugby recognised referee training courses are organised by a joint SRL-FRRA effort each year, often in tandem with other Nordic unions.

FRRA was founded in 2009 and is exclusively sponsored by Aussie Bar International, allowing it to offer a complete set of kit sporting the FRRA logo to each of its members at no charge. FRRA is funded directly by the country’s rugby clubs and in return works to improve the standard of officiating and encourage more people to take up the whistle throughout the country.

If you would like to get involved in refereeing in Finland or would simply like more information, please get in touch.

For current members, please click here to access important documents and forms.

Stevan Thorne, Chairman

Level 3
George Mossford
Chris Gibbons
Emmi Laine (pending)

Level 2
Palemia Field
Stevan Thorne
Sebastian Garcia
Ville Siiskonen
Stephen Whittaker
Thierry Demoulin
Jaakko Kanniainen
Bro Bannatyne
Isaac Visser

Level 1
Mathieu Nicodeme
Torsti Luotonen
Patrick Vikstrom
Paul Davies
Janne Lumme
Akseli Eskolin
Sam Elone
Teemu Salmi
Jaakko Salo
Matthieu Lavarde
Henna Viinikainen
Erasmus van Nierkek
Matti Tuominen
Mathias Solna
Mark Kipkoech
Colm McCaffrey
Stephen Evans

CMO’s – Coach of Match Officials
George Mossford
Chris Gibbons
Sebastian Garcia
Stevan Thorne
Palemia Field
Emmi Laine

Referee Educators
George Mossford
Olli Linnossuo
Chris Gibbons


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