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22nd August 2017, 13:53 | ChallengeCup

Bentham to referee Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final

Bentham to referee Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final


Phil Bentham has been selected to referee the 2017 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final between Hull FC and Wigan Warriors at Wembley Stadium Connected by EE on Saturday, August 26 (3.00pm).

This will be Bentham’s fourth appearance at the iconic stadium following Cup finals in 2011, 2013 and most recently 2014 when Leeds Rhinos beat Castleford Tigers.

Joining him on the day will be Touch Judges Chris Kendall and Jack Smith and video referee, James Child.

On his appointment, Bentham, said: “There are some very experienced referees in the Match Officials team and competition to be appointed to big events like this is huge.

“I’m really pleased with how my year has gone so far and being given the opportunity to referee a game like this between these two sides really boosts your confidence and shows the trust the team has in you.

“This will be my fourth Challenge Cup final and each one is equally as special to referee at. I’m really please for Chris and Jack who will be Touch Judges – they deserve it.”

Rugby Football League Head of Match Officials, Steve Ganson, said: “Phil has delivered consistent performances throughout this year. This match is a reward for those efforts.

“We are very pleased with what we consider to be a very strong Match Officials team for this prestigious game.”

Tickets for this year’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium connected by EE on Saturday, August 26 are selling fast and are still available from £20 for adults and £5 for children – to purchase please visit or call 0844 856 1113.