Friday, October 24, 2014
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Two referee system to be trialled further in 2015

The RFL has been trialling two referee matches at academy level

Super League fixtures could see the two-referee system implemented on occasions next year, after the RFL revealed they will be trialling it in some Super League fixtures next year. The RFL is continuing to appraise the benefits and issues surrounding the adoption of a two-referee system in Super League fixtures, but has ruled out the move before 2016. The two-referee ... Read More »

Hicks, Bentham and Smith to officiate 4N opener

Phil Bentham. ©RLPhotos

Leigh-born Super League referee Phil Bentham will take charge of Saturday’s Four Nations clash between Australia and New Zealand. The 42-year-old will be joined by Oldham duo Robert Hicks and Ian Smith, who will operate as touch judge and video referee respectively. What do you think about this story? Discuss this and much more on or free fans’ forum. For more ... Read More »

#AskTheRef: All the best bits from this week

Referees James Child, Tim Roby, Phil Bentham, Ben Thaler Richard Silverwood, and Robert Hicks. ©SimonWilkinson

Every Tuesday evening, operating under the handle @RFLReferees, Super League’s top whistleblowers answer questions on social networking site Twitter from fans relating to matches from the preceding weekend. Here are some of the best questions and answers from last night’s session, which relate to games in round 26. NB It is interesting to note that Chris Annakin’s tackle on Garreth ... Read More »

Comment: Two (referees) is company, three’s a crowd

The RFL has been trialling two referee matches at academy level

Did you see the story coming out of Australia last week suggesting that the NRL is contemplating having three referees on the pitch? Have you heard a crazier idea? How many officials do they want? We are going to get a situation one day in Rugby League where the officials will outnumber the players. And does it do any good? ... Read More »

Video: Referees take on Wakefield Wildcats select side

Referees James Child, Tim Roby, Phil Bentham, Ben Thaler Richard Silverwood, and Robert Hicks. ©SimonWilkinson

In this video, supplied by Super League TV, you can watch some of Super League’s most recognisable referees take on Wakefield Wildcats chairman Michael Carter’s select side, which featured celebrities and ex players, in a game of touch and pass. Well worth a watch, especially to see some of the silky skills from the whistle blowers. What do you think ... Read More »

Challenge Cup: Phil Bentham to referee final

Phil Bentham. ©RLPhotos

Phil Bentham will referee Saturday’s Challenge Cup final between Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers, the RFL have announced today. It will be Bentham’s third Wembley appearance following his Challenge Cup final debut in 2011 and last year’s final. He will be assisted by touch-judges Joe Cobb and Robert Hicks, while Ben Thaler will be the video referee alongside video referee ... Read More »

A Week in the Life of: A full-time referee

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Neil Barraclough spends a week with Super League match official Robert Hicks This article originally appeared in the 400th issue Rugby League World magazine. Click here to download the digital version to your computer, smartphone or tablet Monday “Monday is our review and recovery day, which normally starts with a couple of hours in the gym or pool. We all ... Read More »

Is Super League set for two referees?

The RFL has been trialling two referee matches at academy level

Super Legue and the Championship could see two referees in action at games next season, if experiments being undertaken at Academy level are successful. Phil Bentham and Matthew Thomason trialled out the system in the Hull FC v Warrington under-19s encounter a week ago. Tim Roby and Chris Kendall continued the experiment as Castleford entertained Huddersfield on Thursday, and two ... Read More »

Hicks: Respect for referees is increasing

Robert-Hicks

Respect for referees is growing among Super League players, according to referee Robert Hicks, despite the recent incident that saw Leeds Rhinos fullback Zak Hardaker suspended for five matches for homophobic abuse. Hicks, who first refereed in Super League in 2010, believes that Hardaker’s outburst, which the player denied was aimed at a referee, was in any case an aberration. ... Read More »