Thursday, November 27, 2014
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Referees

Shayne Hayne calls time on 14-year career

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NRL referee Shayne hayne has announced his retirement from officiating professional Rugby League matches following 14 years and over 320 matches in charge. The 47-year-old, who will become a mentor to the game’s emerging whistleblowers, went out on a high in the 2014 NRL Grand Final. In total, the Australian has refereed four Grand Finals, 14 State of Origin matches, ... Read More »

Phil Bentham to referee Four Nations final

Phil Bentham. ©RLPhotos

Leigh-born Super League referee Phil Bentham has been selected to officiate the Four Nations final between New Zealand and Australia on Saturday. The 43-year-old, who took charge of this year’s Super League Grand Final and had to dismiss Wigan’s Ben Flower, was chosen by a three-man selection panel. New Zealand’s Henry Perenara and Australia’s Bernard Sutton have been appointed as ... Read More »

Phil Bentham to referee New Zealand v England

Phil Bentham. ©RLPhotos

Super League’s top referee Phil Bentham has been selected to officiate Saturday’s crunch Four Nations clash between New Zealand and England. The 43-year-old is the latest official to take charge of matches involving the country of his birth after Gerard Sutton and Henry Perenara refereed Australia and New Zealand’s matches at the weekend. What do you think about this story? ... Read More »

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 »