Gavin Badger

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Gavin Badger
Personal information
Born 1973/74 (aged 45)
Redfern, New South Wales, Australia
Refereeing information
Years Competition Apps
2003– NRL 306
2009–14 City vs Country Origin 2
2006 Internationals
Source: [1][2]

Gavin Badger is an Australian rugby league referee who currently works in the National Rugby League. He has controlled over 300 NRL matches.

Refereeing career

Badger grew up in Redfern, New South Wales and is the only NRL full-time referee with an indigenous background.[3]

He made his NRL debut as a referee during a Brisbane vs South Sydney game at Suncorp Stadium in round 17 of 2004. In 2006 he controlled his first international match, a World Cup qualification match between Fiji and Tonga. Badger has also controlled City vs Country Origin matches in 2009 and 2014 and the 2010 and 2011 All Stars matches.[1]

His wife, Kasey Badger, is also a rugby league referee.[4] On 21 October 2012, they day of their second wedding anniversary, they jointly refereed an international match between Thailand and the Philippines.[5][6]

On 6 August 2017 became the fifth referee to control 300 first grade matches in Australia, following Bill Harrigan, Col Pearce, Shayne Hayne and Steve Clark.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b Gavin Badger
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Wilson, Andy (20 October 2012). "Happy anniversary Mrs Badger, we're refereeing an international today". Retrieved 2 August 2017 – via The Guardian.
  4. ^ "NRL 'power' couple shares hidden passion". 16 April 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  5. ^ Mascord, Steve (9 October 2012). "Mr and Mrs Referee meet their match". Retrieved 2 August 2017 – via The Sydney Morning Herald.
  6. ^ "Husband, wife duo to ref league international". Stuff. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Gavin Badger joins 300 club". Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Badger notches up 300th NRL game". Retrieved 2 August 2017.
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