Thaler to referee decisive test series match

Super League referee Ben Thaler has been appointed referee for the decisive third game between England and New Zealand in Wigan on Saturday.

Thaler took charge of the first match between the two teams at the KC Stadium, which England won 26-12.

It is the latest high-profile game Thaler will have officiated this year after taking charge of both the Challenge Cup final, the Grand Final and the game between Warrington and St. George Illawarra Dragons in the World Club Series.

Australian Gerard Sutton, who refereed the second test, has been appointed as the video referee for the sold out climax to the series.

A three man panel consisting of Steve Ganson, Chairman of the Match Officials Appointment Panel; Luke Watts, the New Zealand National Referee Development Officer; and Thierry Alibert, Head of Match Officials, France; made the decision after reviewing the performances of both Thaler and Sutton in the opening two games of the Test Series.