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Match Officials Director Stuart Cummings to stand down

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Stuart Cummings is to relinquish his role as RFL Match Officials Director with effect from March 20 2013.

Stuart will continue to work with the governing body on a consultancy basis and will be responsible for match officials’ arrangements during the Rugby League World Cup later this year. A former International Referee of the Year, Stuart officiated in four Challenge Cup finals, two Super League Grand Finals and two World Cup Finals before heading up the RFL Match Officials’ department in 2000, and later overseeing the successful implementation of a panel of full-time referees in 2007.

RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood said: “On behalf of the whole sport I would like to thank Stuart for his terrific work in the Match Officials Department, which has been transformed under his stewardship. “Stuart’s lasting legacy will be the professionalism he instilled in the sport’s match officials and I am delighted that he has agreed to continue to assist us going forward in what is a pivotal year for the sport.

“With the Rugby League World Cup just a few months away, Stuart will continue to make an important contribution to the sport, and through his consultancy in a range of initiatives. Given the intense scrutiny referees face, it is to Stuart’s credit that he has fulfilled the hardest job in Rugby League with diligence, dignity and above all integrity."

Stuart Cummings said: “My role as RFL Match Officials’ Director has been both challenging and rewarding. However, after 24 years at the top level of refereeing, I now feel the time is right to move on to other projects and opportunities, whilst maintaining contact with Rugby League. “Just as the sport has advanced in the modern era, so too have the demands on all our match officials and I am proud of the way in which the referees and touch-judges have responded to the challenge and are universally acknowledged by other sporting bodies as officials who command respect, which is the result of their hard work and dedication.

“With record numbers of people playing Rugby League around the UK, I look forward to continuing to work with referees around the country, to improve their experience of officiating and to advise them on their path to success in the game.”

Stuart Cummings’s responsibilities will be absorbed internally with many duties shared by Match Officials Coach Ian Smith and Technical Co-ordinator Jon Sharp.

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Nathan Clarke

Media Executive

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Next Cas chairman!!.. :)

Or replacement for Foz, who has also now resigned from Cas. (Alarming)

Sounds like the RFL is making savings on his post by splitting it. I wonder whether that is a signal that financial matters are not so rosy at Red Hall these days?

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Or replacement for Foz, who has also now resigned from Cas. (Alarming)

Sounds like the RFL is making savings on his post by splitting it. I wonder whether that is a signal that financial matters are not so rosy at Red Hall these days?

Superb speculating there. Truly admirable line of thought that. Good work.

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I thought he was a pretty good ref. Best wishes Stuart.

Maybe having to watch the video of Tim Roby's performance on Sunday was the straw that broke the camels back.

B)

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Heard this coming a while back. Now, would anyone like to know who I've heard is going to be his replacement? :unsure:

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Heard this coming a while back. Now, would anyone like to know who I've heard is going to be his replacement? :unsure:

Oo, me, me, me, I do, I do, I do.

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Heard this coming a while back. Now, would anyone like to know who I've heard is going to be his replacement? :unsure:

Paul Wellens?

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Oo, me, me, me, I do, I do, I do.

You may not be that keen when I tell you who it is. :lol:

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Steve Ganson. :O

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Superb speculating there. Truly admirable line of thought that. Good work.

There really was no need for that.

Another reason for not replacing him directly could be that the post is no longer necessary given that the transfer to fulltime professional referees is complete and running as well as expected.

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Heard this coming a while back. Now, would anyone like to know who I've heard is going to be his replacement? :unsure:

Ian Smith and Jon Sharp?

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You may not be that keen when I tell you who it is. :lol:

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Steve Ganson. :O

I imagine he's already got the white persian cat in his lap.

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There really was no need for that.

Another reason for not replacing him directly could be that the post is no longer necessary given that the transfer to fulltime professional referees is complete and running as well as expected.

Indeed. I wonder why you didn't mention this in your original post? I suppose wildly speculating about Red Hall being skint is much more fun...

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Indeed. I wonder why you didn't mention this in your original post? I suppose wildly speculating about Red Hall being skint is much more fun...

Again, totally unnecessary. And I didn't even suggest they were 'skint'.

I didn't mention it because I didn't think of it at the time. What's your problem?

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You may not be that keen when I tell you who it is. :lol:

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Steve Ganson. :O

On the subject of Mr Ganson, check out the SL Touchline feature on Mr Ganson. Really interesting behind the scenes footage but that Ganson Gut does suggests he ought to be moving onto a deskjob sometime soon!

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On the subject of Mr Ganson, check out the SL Touchline feature on Mr Ganson. Really interesting behind the scenes footage but that Ganson Gut does suggests he ought to be moving onto a deskjob sometime soon!

He's recently gotten married and so perhaps he is showing signs of being a new settled down Ganson. ;)

I saw that episode of Touchline. It provided a really interesting insight.

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It'll be interesting to be in the coaches meeting with him, he'll keep sending the meeting back 10 minutes each time they ask him a question.

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He's recently gotten married and so perhaps he is showing signs of being a new settled down Ganson. ;)

I saw that episode of Touchline. It provided a really interesting insight.

Are you Mrs Ganson?

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JUst been formally announced. Its..its....

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Lee Briers. :P

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I remember Stu Cummings doing a talk, followed by a Q & A session, for the late Independent Supporters Association at Odsal a few years back (First question: does Russell Smith know the rules?) and he was a charming bloke who won a lot of friends to be honest. I know we've all got grumbles about the ref (any, and all of 'em), but we're fans and it goes with the job description I guess, but I for one wish Stuart well, and hope he doesn't become lost to the game.

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Maybe the RFL will follow the lead of the NRL and appoint a former coach to the role?

Was reading this morning about Nobby working for Wasps, IMO he needs to be kept in RL maybe something he could do?

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