Spend a Season Officiating in New Zealand 

USA Rugby is now accepting applications for the Don Morrison Scholarship. The Don Morrison Schoarlship will allow aspiring referees (aged 18-25) to spend the entire 2013 season (from late March through August) in Christchurch, New Zealand as a full time member of the Canterbury Referee Association. While in New Zealand the recipient will have the opportunity to learn from and train with some of the best referees in the world. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that offers full immersion in one of the world’s top rugby nations. All costs including travel, lodging and living expenses will be covered by the Morrison Fund in honor of one of USA Rugby’s most accomplished referees, Don Morrison. 

To apply for this prestigious scholarship, please complete the following application by January 18th, 2013.

Application Requirements: 
18-25 years of age 
Current Membership with USA Rugby (CIPP) 
Two Recommendations 
Rugby and Officiating Resume 
Essay Questions 

Support the Don Morrison Fund 
The Don Morrision Scholarship is soley funded through donor contributions. The cost to fully fund one referee is roughly $10,000. Please consider supporting this program and help send a rising referee abroad, by clicking below.

About USA Rugby 
Established in 1975, USA Rugby is the governing body for the sport of rugby in America and a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee. Currently headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has over 115,000 active members. USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes. It also hosts over 30 national playoff and championship events every year as a service to its members. In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced that Rugby Sevens (the seven-a-side version of the game) will appear in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro. Visit for more information.