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Ian worked for the RFL for 20 yrs from 1996 to 2016 both part time and full time. I refereed over 400 first grade matches of which nearly 300 were in SL, I also video ref’d over 400 matches including 2 Chall Cup Finals, 2 GF’s and a 4 Nations Final.

He was one of the first six referees to go full time in 2006 and enjoyed five years as a full time referee and then five years as a referee’s coach.

Ian joined the State of Mind Sport Charity in 2017 and as part of a team we go around and deliver mental fitness sessions to hopefully, raise awareness around the importance of improving our mental fitness.

In this feature length episode Ian talks about why he stopped being a ref, some of the rules, fans abusing him, THAT Ben Flower incident when Ian was the video ref in the Grand Final amongst many other things.

We hope you enjoy 👍



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9 hours ago, Chris Taylor said:

Thoroughly enjoyed watching this.

Thanks for sharing.

Thanks Chris, really appreciate your support and these comments 👍

Just watched sections back and is forgotten Ian talks through how to process decisions quickly and looking for key indicators, an insight I didn't previously have 

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