Match Officials Round 1 RLWC2017

 

Date: 24/10/17

NRL grand final referee Matt Cecchin has been appointed to control Friday night’s opening Rugby League World Cup 2017 match between Australia and England in Melbourne.

Cecchin will work with touch judges Chris Butler, who was a touch judge at the NRL grand final, and Chris Kendall, who was a touch judge in this year’s Super League grand final and Challenge Cup final.

Super League grand final referee James Child will be in charge of the opening match in New Zealand between the Kiwis and Samoa on Saturday at Mt Smart Stadium.

Another significant appointment will see Belinda Sleeman become the first female to officiate at a Rugby League World Cup after being appointed as a touch judge for the game in Townsville on Saturday between Fiji and USA.

There will be some key differences during the World Cup to the way NRL matches are officiated, with RLWC2017 games controlled by one referee – not two – and an in-goal video referral system replacing the Bunker for checking contentious decisions.

There will also be no shot clock for scrums and goal lines drop outs but common rules used in Super League and the NRL will be in operation, including a seventh tackle from the 20-metre re-start if the ball is kicked dead and a tap re-start from a 40:20 kick. Golden point will only be used in finals matches.

 

                                 RLWC2017 Match Officials                                         

GAME:  AUSTRALIA V ENGLAND

DATE: FRIDAY 27TH OCTOBER 2017

VENUE: MELBOURNE RECTANGULAR STADIUM

NRL KICK OFF: 8.00PM LOCAL

REFEREE:

Matt Cecchin

VIDEO REFEREE:

Ben Thaler

TOUCH JUDGES:

Chris Butler

 

Chris Kendall

JERSEY COLOUR:

Pink

STANDBY:

Gerard Sutton

 

GAME:  PNG V WALES

DATE: SATURDAY 28TH OCTOBER 2017

VENUE: NATIONAL FOOTBALL STADIUM

NRL KICK OFF: 3.00PM LOCAL

REFEREE:

Ben Cummins

VIDEO REFEREE:

Jared Maxwell

TOUCH JUDGES:

Dave Munro

 

Scott Mikalauskas

JERSEY COLOUR:

Lime

STANDBY:

Adam Gee

 

GAME:  NEW ZEALAND V SAMOA

DATE: SATURDAY 28TH OCTOBER 2017

VENUE: MT SMART STADIUM

NRL KICK OFF: 8.15PM LOCAL

REFEREE:

James Child

VIDEO REFEREE:

Bernard Sutton

TOUCH JUDGES:

Michael Wise

   

Tim Roby

JERSEY COLOUR:

Pink

STANDBY:

Chris Sutton

   

GAME:  FIJI V USA

DATE: SATURDAY 28TH OCTOBER 2017

VENUE: TOWNSVILLE STADIUM

NRL KICK OFF: 7.45PM LOCAL

REFEREE:

Henry Perenara

VIDEO REFEREE:

Steve Chiddy

TOUCH JUDGES:

Jon Stone

 

Belinda Sleeman

JERSEY COLOUR:

Pink

STANDBY:

Ashley Klein

 

GAME:  IRELAND V ITALY

DATE: SUNDAY 29TH OCTOBER 2017

VENUE: BARLOW PARK CAIRNS

NRL KICK OFF: 2.00PM LOCAL

REFEREE:

Grant Atkins

VIDEO REFEREE:

Steve Chiddy

TOUCH JUDGES:

Liam Moore

 

Robert Hicks

JERSEY COLOUR:

Pink

STANDBY:

Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski

 

GAME:  SCOTLAND V TONGA

DATE: SUNDAY 29TH OCTOBER 2017

VENUE: BARLOW PARK CAIRNS

NRL KICK OFF: 4.15PM LOCAL

REFEREE:

Phil Bentham

VIDEO REFEREE:

Ashley Klein

TOUCH JUDGES:

Chris McMillan

 

Mark Craven

JERSEY COLOUR:

Yellow

STANDBY:

Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski

 

GAME:  FRANCE V LEBANON

DATE: SUNDAY 29TH OCTOBER 2017

VENUE: CANBERRA STADIUM

NRL KICK OFF: 4.05PM LOCAL

REFEREE:

Gerard Sutton

VIDEO REFEREE:

Ben Thaler

TOUCH JUDGES:

Chris Butler

 

Chris Kendall

JERSEY COLOUR:

Pink

STANDBY:

Matt Cecchin

 

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