Fifteen Kit Partnership

Fifteen Kit with TRRA

Texas Rugby Referees Association and Fifteen have today announced there exciting new partnership.

Fifteen and the Texas Rugby Referees Association are excited to announce their new partnership for 2016 and beyond.

In 2015, Fifteen worked closely with the TRRA in a re-branding project for 2016 that represents the Texas pride as well as the style and performance that a referee needs on a day to day basis. With the release of their new official logo, slogan and hash tag, Fifteen is excited to create a look for the referees in Texas that they can be proud of. Beginning 2016, there will be a complete line of Fifteen game day and training apparel available for purchase directly from This has also been extended other items like assistant referee tees for those that certify and wish to begin refereeing immediately.

Fifteen’s design team worked closely with the TRRA to produce a quality line that is made to performance, but also affordable for all to purchase. TRRA President Butch Neuenschwander had this to say on this strategic partnership.

The TRRA is extremely happy to have partnered with Darren Scott  and Fifteen Brand, a local Texas business . This new partnership ensures that the TRRA can provide its referees with quality game day and training apparel. Modernizing the game day kit, updating the official TRRA logo and introducing the new “Become a Referee” program brings new life and purpose to the association and is an important piece of the puzzle to attract a younger demographic to the wonderful world of officiating. 

Fifteen’s Commercial Partnership Manager Darren Scott is confident that referees throughout Texas will not only enjoy the look and feel of the new apparel, but also enjoy the easy access with Fifteen being based in Frisco, TX.

Being a brand that is newly located here in Texas, we have tried to increase our footprint in the rugby market. Forming a partnership with the referees in the TRRA not only allows us to help the TRRA with their visions for success but also ours. I personally look forward to watching games on a Saturday and seeing the match officials proudly showcasing the new TRRA branding and using us as a vehicle to do so.

The entire Texas Rugby Referee line will be available for purchase after January 18th, 2016.

Partnership with Ruck Science

Between travel, rowdy players and a lack of compensation, referees really do have the hardest job in rugby. That’s why the team at Ruck Science is thrilled to announce our first official sponsorship; the Texas Rugby Referees Association (TRRA). Read the full sponsorship press release on the Ruck Science website.

sponsorship of trra

What is Ruck Science?

Ruck Science is a performance nutrition company that provides state-of-the-art nutrition for rugby players (and now, referees!). The company was founded in 2015 by several members of the local Austin, TX rugby community. We’re pleased to be able to call them our first official sponsor and hope they’ll be with us for many years to come.

Sponsorship deal agreed and signed

TRRA Ruck Science JerseyThe agreement, signed at the end of 2015, will give the TRRA a major sponsor for the next 3 rugby seasons. That’s from now, right through until the end of 2018.

You’ll also be seeing the company on the association’s new website and all social media accounts. Finally, the deal makes the TRRA a beneficiary of the company’s universal sponsorship program. When a member of the TRRA makes a purchase on, the company will donate 10% of the value of the order to the Texas Rugby Referees Association.

“This last clause has the potential to double our total contribution to the association over the next three years and in 2016 especially. With it, the TRRA will be able to get its best young referees access to high-performance coaching and assessment.” said Tim Howard.

Sponsorship for all rugby clubs

Ruck Science is aiming to provide sponsorship $$$ to every rugby club on the planet.  They do this by donating 10% of every order to the rugby club of the customer’s choice. The result is that the more promotion of the deal a club does, the better off they will do financially. It’s a win-win for all parties concerned and gives amateur rugby clubs a real incentive to promote good nutrition for their players. You can register your club to receive sponsorship here.

Refereeing in Texas

The TRU and the TRRA have been incredibly successful at driving rugby participation in Texas. Over the past 5 years, the number of registered players in the state has risen by some 30%. This kind of increased participation means many more rugby games at all levels: High-School, College, Women’s and Men’s.

Having a qualified referee on hand is one of the few essentials for every rugby game. Most active players probably don’t realize it, but there is an critical lack of rugby referees in the USA. Because rugby clubs in Texas are so geographically disbursed, the few referees we do have travel extensive distances to games. Referees will often drive 4 hours in each direction to referee a game. Some will do this multiple times during a weekend.

With more games in 2016 than ever before, the rugby community needs to actively promote refereeing as a option for younger, injured and soon-to-be-retiring players. Younger players can dramatically increase their rugby IQ by studying the law book and taking up a whistle. Retiring players who choose to referee can bring a wealth of on-field experience to high-school and college matches.