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31st October 2019, 13:29 | untitled

Former players a perfect match

Former players a perfect match

Growing numbers of former Rugby League players who want to remain involved in the game are considering careers as match officials.

This Saturday (2 November) the former Huddersfield Giants Academy player, Chris Kendall, will referee the New Zealand versus Great Britain Test Match in Auckland, having already officiated last weekend's GB Rugby League Lions clash with the Tonga Invitational XIII and the recent Betfred Super League Grand Final.

And former Widnes Vikings player Josh Ganson, son of former referee and RFL Head of Match Officials Steve, is refereeing some games during the off season to get a feel for the role. Ganson has already officiated four matches, including the recent junior fixture between Wigan sides Orrell St James and Ince Rose Bridge.

Now the RFL is urging even more former players to consider carving out new careers as match officials.

Liam Moore, RFL recruitment and development manager, and match official, says: "It's a tremendous boost for the game to see people with rich playing experience joining our ranks and we are keen to recruit even more.

"The opportunities are greater than ever, with career pathways in place for emerging match officials to progress all the way to the top of the game. Anybody who's interested can find out more on our website. You can also test yourself on the laws of the game."

Josh Ganson adds: "I love playing and I'll see what playing opportunities come up for next season in either Super League or Championship, but I am quite enjoying refereeing at the minute."

Information on becoming a match official, including details of forthcoming courses, is available on the RFL’s website at

Additional courses have been arranged for Leeds and Wigan in January to meet demand ahead of the 2020 season. Josh Ganson, courtesy of Brian King | King's Pix