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Paul Williams (rugby referee)

Paul Williams (born 11 April 1985) is a professional rugby union referee from New Zealand who currently referees in the Super Rugby competition and in international test matches.[1]

Paul Williams
Birth namePaul Williams
Date of birth (1985-04-11) 11 April 1985 (age 34)
Place of birthWaverley, Taranaki, New Zealand
SchoolFrancis Douglas Memorial College
Rugby union career
Refereeing career
Years Competition Apps
Super Rugby
World Rugby Under 20 Championship
Test matches
Correct as of 18 December 2018

Williams started refereeing in 2011 while still playing at halfback at club level and was appointed to the New Zealand High Performance referee squad in 2014. He quickly rose up the domestic ranks of refereeing, ultimately becoming a full-time referee on the Super Rugby panel in 2016, the first ever from Taranaki.[2]

In what was an eventful 2016 season for Williams, he took control of the World Rugby Under 20 championship final between England and Ireland.[3]

In June 2017, Williams took charge of his first international test match, the clash between Italy and Scotland in Singapore.[4]

2018 saw Williams referee eight Super Rugby matches as well as three further tier 1 tests.

Williams was selected to referee at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.


  1. ^ "Williams joins professional rugby refereeing ranks". Stuff. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Paul Williams". SANZAR. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  3. ^ Hurndell, Shane (1 July 2016). "Rugby: First-class ref enters elite category". NZ Herald. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Paul Williams". All Blacks. Retrieved 18 December 2018.