RFL trio head to the Rugby League World Cup

8th October 2008

The RFL has announced that it is sending three people from its match officials department to the Rugby League World Cup in Australia which kicks off in less than three weeks time.

Full-time match officials Steve Ganson and Ashley Klein will be joined Down Under by Touch Judge James Child.

Ganson and Klein are two of the most experienced match officials in World Rugby League and have refereed four Super League Grand Finals and three Challenge Cup Finals between them, as well as a number of international matches.

Ganson took charge of this year’s Carnegie Challenge Cup and Klein refereed Saturday’s engage Super League Grand Final between Leeds Rhinos and St Helens.

Leeds City Council surveyor James Child who was touch judge in both this year’s finals as well as Gillette Tri-Nations games in previous years will also be involved in the World Cup.

Stuart Cummings Match Officials Director, said: “Both Steve and Ashley are two of the most experienced officials in the world and have both refereed Australia and New Zealand games before and done very well.  James has also had a very good season and deserves his spot on the plane to Australia.”

Ahead of the World Cup Steve Ganson will take charge of this Friday’s Gillette Fusion International between England and Wales at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium.

He will assisted by Touch Judges Clint Sharrad and Robert Hicks, whilst Ashley Klein will be the Video Referee. Ben Thaler is the Reserve Referee, Richard Cowling the Reserve Touch Judge and Gerry Kershaw the Match Commissioner.

The 13th Rugby League World Cup, involving 10 teams, kicks off on Saturday 25 October when England meet Papua New Guinea.