February 22, 2018
Michael Jones

Michael Jones

You thought the Auckland Nines was the pinnacle of nine-a-side competition? You ain't seen nothing yet.

Central Coast Stadium is set to host a star-studded rugby league nines tournament featuring some of the greatest players to have played the game in the last 30 years.

The Legends of League tournament will partner with Paladin Sports and the Mark Hughes Foundation for the inaugural competition, which will be held on November 18. 

The tournament will feature former legends from five active NRL clubs - Brisbane Broncos, Canterbury Bulldogs, Newcastle Knights, Manly Sea Eagles and Parramatta Eels - in addition to a sixth team of Barbarians consisting of other former greats. 

The former legends will be joined by three famous retired referees; Bill Harrigan, Steven Clark and Sean Hampstead. 

The winning team will take home $75,000 and the runner-up will pocket $30,000. 

The competition will feature two pools of teams, with each team playing each other once in their respective pool. 

The top two teams from each pool will then cross over and face each other in the semi-finals, with the two winners advancing to the grand final. 

Brisbane's squad will see the return of several premiership-winning stars in Gorden Tallis, Wendell Sailor, Lote Tuqiri and Shaun Berrigan. 

Some of the Bulldogs 2004 premiership-winning squad will play alongside each other one more time, with Andrew Ryan, Reni Maitua, Willie Mason and Tony Grimaldi all featuring. 

Manly's side, led by former club stalwart Steve Menzies, will also feature the likes of Cliff Lyons, Solomon Haumono, Luke Dorn and Mark Bryant.

The Eels side features a moment of nostalgia, with the bulk of the squad made up of their early 2000's NRL teams featuring Ian Hindmarsh, Michael Buettner, Nathan Hindmarsh and Dean Widders. 

While the Newcastle side will not feature the Johns brothers, it still boasts the likes of Danny Buderus, Kurt Gidley, Robbie O'Davis and Owen Craigie.

The Barbarians side are not to be underestimated as they boast the likes of Amos Roberts, Matt King, Michael Crocker and Tim Brasher among others. 

A percentage of event ticket profits will be donated to the Mark Hughes Foundation, the official charity partner of the tournament. 

Tickets are on sale now with prices starting at just $10.

Brisbane Broncos: Barry Berrigan, Shaun Berrigan, Leon Bott, Kevin Campion, Neville Costigan, Nathan Friend, Ben Hannant, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Casey McGuire, Brad Meyers, Scott Minto, Wendell Sailor (C), Brett Seymour, Gorden Tallis, Lote Tuqiri.

Canterbury Bulldogs: Chris Armit, Tony Grimaldi, Dene Halatau, Daniel Holdsworth, Brett Kimmorley, Reni Maitua, Willie Mason, Mark O'Meley, Brad Morrin, Andrew Ryan (C), Brent Sherwin, Willie Talau, Steve Turner, Matt Utai.

Manly Sea Eagles: Steven Bell, Mark Bryant, Travis Burns, Scott Donald, Luke Dorn, Jamie Goddard, Craig Hancock, Heath L'Estrange, Cliff Lyons, Steve Menzies (C), Danny Moore, Shannon Nevin, Chad Randall, Michael Witt.

Newcastle Knights: Daniel Abraham, Danny Buderus (C), Owen Craigie, Ben Cross, Scott Dureau, Matt Hilder, Todd Lowrie, Clint Newton, Robbie O'Davis, Russell Richardson, Craig Smith, Jeremy Smith, Brad Tighe, Adam Woolnough.

Parramatta Eels: Michael Buettner, Luke Burt (C), Brad Drew, Brett Finch, Ian Hindmarsh, Nathan Hindmarsh, Matthew Keating, PJ Marsh, Wade McKinnon, Dennis Moran, Luke O'Dwyer, Joel Reddy, Tim Smith, Mark Tookey, Dean Widders.

Barbarians: Tim Brasher, Michael Crocker, Craig Gower, Joe Galuvao, Matt Geyer, Michael Henderson, Scott Hill, Brett Kearney, Matt King (C), Amos Roberts, John Skandalis, Chris Walker, Michael Weyman, Paul Whatuira, Craig Wing.

Gates open at 12 Noon for 6 hours of footy...






The NSWRL has today finalised its referee coaching staff for 2018. 

NSWRL Referees High Performance Manager Stuart Raper said that with a handpicked coaching staff and nine months into the role he is excited by the squad of officials going into the 2018 season.

"With the under-20s competition now under the guidance of the NSWRL, we have four strong competitions to cater for as well as the Junior representative games and Women’s competitions," Raper said.

"I have the utmost confidence in the 2018 coaching staff in assisting and develop high standard officials for these competitions as well as developing officials up into the next level."

The 2018 referee coaching staff is as follows:

High Performance Referees Grade Squad Coaches

Stuart Raper – Head Coach

Paul Kalina – Assistant Coach/Operations

Russell Turner – Assistant Coach

Peter Burke – High Performance Conditioning Coach

Junior Reps Referees Coaches

Gavin Badger – Head Coach

Gavin Reynolds – Assistant Coach

Allan Shortall – Assistant Coach

Paul Holland - Assistant Coach

Brody Castle – Assistant Conditioning coach

The NSWRL Junior representative referees squad commences pre-season training on November 8, with the High performance Grade squad starting November 13.


November 01, 2017

The appointments for the 2017 Rugby World Cup Round 2 are now available.


To view them, in PDF format, please click here and it will open in a new window

FIJI v USA - #RLWC2017

October 29, 2017

2017 Rugby League World Cup. 1300 SMILES Stadium, Townsville. 28OCT2017.

Round 1, FIJI v USA - Match Officials - Ashley Klein, Henry Perenara, Jon Stone, Belinda Sleeman and Steve Chiddy.

FIJI were victorious with a convincing 58-12 win.

Two Ref Trial - 1998!

October 25, 2017

Way back Wednesday to 1998 and North Sydney Oval in Presidents Cup. A little bit of history repeating!

Referees Darren Gocher & Steve Carrall
TJ's Darren Alchin & Peter Digby

Thanks to Darren for sending this in!

Ambassador Brian Barry

October 23, 2017

Our own Ambassador of the New South Wales Rugby League Referees Association at the 2017 Life Members Reunion at the SCG.


The field is taking shape next to the site where the foundation stone was unveiled today. The NSW Rugby League Centre of Excellence will provide our referees with outstanding facilities.

This opportunity will build on the professionalism of the NSW squad for many years to come.


Thank you also to the NSWRL chairman, NSW Minister for Sport, The HON. Stuart Ayres MP and Brad Fittler for welcoming the referees to the complex and endorsing our contribution to the game.

Paul Simpkins

Chairman NSWRLRA

Koori Knockout Grand Final (Mens) - Newcastle Yowies def. Griffith Threeways United 22-8

Leichhardt Oval - 02OCT2017




Match Officials - NSWRLRA Grade Squad

Referee: Nathan Loveday

Touch Judges: Lyndsay Packer & Darren Burtenshaw


Congratulations on behalf of The Board of the NSWRLRA. Sensational news.




On behalf of The Board of the New South Wales Referees Association, we congratulate all of the match officials who have been a part of season 2017.

The NRL is the goal however grassroots is where it starts.

That said to achieve an NRL Grand Final appointment is rare and and a more than impressive achievement.

Well done to all. NSWRLRA.

NRL Grand Final, North Queensland Cowboys v Melbourne Storm

ANZ Stadium - 01OCT2017




Match Officials;

Lead Referee: Matt Cecchin - Assist Referee: Gerard Sutton

Touch Judges: Chris Butler & Nick Beashel

Standby Referee: Ben Cummins

Standby TJ: Brett Suttor

Bunker: Bernard Sutton & Ben Galea

Trainers: Chris Bettiol & Franco Andreacchio

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