Pacific Northwest Rugby Football Union (PNRFU)

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest


Welcome to the Pacific Northwest Rugby Football Union (PNRFU). PNRFU is the governing body for senior rugby teams in the Pacific Northwest, our geographical area consists of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. We are currently a member of the Pacific Coast Rugby Football Union  and USA Rugby our national governing body. We currently field the following divisions:


  • Senior Men Division I
  • Senior Men Division II
  • Senior Men Division III
  • Senior Women Division I
  • Senior Women Division II
  • Collegiate Men Small College

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Saturday Jan 10th,  Portland.  Taught by IRB educators Jim Kautz , Bernie Brown

January 31st – 8:00-5:00 Room 101, College Hall, Gonzaga University.  Taught by IRB Educators Peter Buckley + TBD

Saturday Feb 21st – Boise,  Idaho.  Taught by IRB Educator Pat Ryan.

Saturday Feb 28th – Pocatello, Idaho.  Taught by IRB Educators, Pat Ryan and Peter Buckley

We are in  the process of organizing courses in Eastern Washington – contact me for further information.

These are the entry level course for refs.  And are open to all comers and all are welcome.  Completion of the course entitles the ref to IRB Level 1 Referee Certification.  such Certification is a prerequisite for PNRRS to allocate refs to the games of the leagues that PNRRS serves.  .

There are some course pre requisites:-

  1. You must be CIPP registered with USARugby

  2. Register, and  pay the course fee.  Go to the USARugby Website, click on referees (at the bottom of the first page) click on “register for course” and register – there will be  $50 fee payable to USARugby (PNRRS has no control over this fee, and gets none of this fee).  As part of the course you will get a whistle, Law Book, yellow/red cards.

  3. Go to the IRB Website and complete the “Rugby Ready” module.

  4. Go to the IRB Website and take and complete the “Laws Test”.

  5. Show up for the course at the appointed time with either $10 in hand or a check for $10 in hand (to pay for lunch – no other fees, and none to PNRRS).

Welcome to the 2014-2015 USA Rugby season. All of us here at USA Rugby are very eager for the new season to begin. USA Rugby has some huge things planned for the coming year and this season commencement is really a great way to kick off the excitement.

The registration cycle reset brings some changes to the registration process. To register with USA Rugby please go to and click on the red “register” button.

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The Pacific Northwest Rugby Referee Society recently sent an open letter to all rugby clubs in the Pacific Northwest alerting them to a critical shortage of trained referees this spring. This predicament will continue until the rugby community as a whole bands together and works proactively to support and develop our referee corps here in the Northwest. The support of all referees in this outreach effort is also needed. Please read the letter and do what you can to help us recruit more referees. For more information contact Peter Buckley.

PNRFU Mailing Address

Pacific Northwest Rugby Football Union
19645 SE 260th St
Covington, WA  98042