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Belinda Sleeman Will Be The First Female Official In The Rugby League World Cup

Belinda Sleeman Will Be The First Female Official In The Rugby League World Cup
10th Oct, 2017

Belinda Sleeman

Belinda Sleeman is set to become the first female Referee to officiate at the Rugby World Cup, selected among the 26 officials chosen to pay in the tournament that starts on October 27, in Melbourne Australia.

Belinda Sleeman is a Australia's NRL and has been made match official for the NRL decider between Manly and Penrith and touch judge when Fiji faced Tonga in May.

Others set to officiate at the Rugby World include James Child, who refereed his first Super League Grand Final on Saturday, video referee Phil Bentham and touch judges Mark Craven and Chris Kendall, all of which are from NRL and Super League for the first time, chosen by head of officiating Tony Archer and the Rugby Football League's Steve Ganson.

Thaler, Robert Hicks, Scott Mikalauskas and Liam Moore will be representatives from NFL while former Super League officials Tim Roby and Ashley Klein, who now referee in the NRL.

"This is an historical tournament in which all match officials qualified by officiating in either the NRL or Super League competitions," Archer said.

"We have the Grand Final officials from each competition and there is a wealth of international and representative depth in the squad."

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