Bill Harrigan

Bill Harrigan

A professional Rugby League referee with 17 years experience in the Police Force.

Bill Harrigan joined the Police Force in 1979, where he spent 17 years. Most of his career was spent in the Tactical Response Group (TRG), dealing with riots & hostage situations, and where he trained as a negotiator. His last 5 years were in the Witness Security Unit, from where he left the force, as a sergeant, to become a professional Rugby League referee.

Bill Harrigan started refereeing by accident in 1977, officiating in the rough and tumble world of a Western Sydney pub competition. It was here that he developed a love for the role that would see him become our finest sporting official.

Key Points


  • Bill Harrigan spent 17 years in the police force, mostly as a member of the Tactical Response Group
  • After leaving the force, Bill became a professional Rugby League referee
  • Since changing his career path, Bill has officiated over 350 first grade Rugby matches, including 9 Grand Finals, 22 International test matches and 21 State of Origin fixtures

Biography

William James Harrigan was born in Sydney in 1960, and grew up in the western suburbs.

He joined the Police Force in 1979, where he spent 17 years. Most of his career was spent in the Tactical Response Group (TRG), dealing with riots & hostage situations, and where he trained as a negotiator. His last 5 years were in the Witness Security Unit, from where he left the force, as a sergeant, to become a professional Rugby League referee.

Bill started refereeing by accident in 1977, officiating in the rough and tumble world of a Western Sydney pub competition. It was here that he developed a love for the role that would see him become our finest sporting official.

Bill was graded to the NSWRL Referees in 1983, and made his First Grade debut in 1986.

In the intervening years, Bill has gone on to officiate in over 380 First Grade matches, 9 Grand Finals, 22 Test Matches and 21 State of Origin Matches (plus 2 during the Super League war). His record continues to grow.

Bill is married to Lesley, has 4 wonderful sons, and lives in Sydney.

Presentation Topics
  • Refereeing 
  • Experience in the Police Force
  • Negotiation skills
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