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Jack Smith to referee Oldham v Widnes game

Jack Smith, a former Royal Marines commando who was shot by a Taliban sniper in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2010, will referee the Oldham v Widnes Vikings Betfred Championship game at Bower Fold, Stalybridge on Sunday (Feb 2) at 3pm.

A former amateur player, Smith says there are striking similarities between his former life in the Marines and rugby league.

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Chris Kendall has been appointed as referee for Thursday night’s opening fixture of the Betfred Super League season between Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves.

Kendall, who took charge of his first Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford last October, will be assisted by Ben Thaler as video referee.

The following night, Liam Moore will referee the televised Grand Final rematch between St Helens and Salford Red Devils, with James Child as the video referee – and Robert Hicks has been appointed for the non-televised match between Hull KR and Wakefield Trinity.

Scott Mikalauskas is heading to France for Saturday evening’s fixture between Catalans Dragons and Huddersfield Giants.

For Sunday’s double header at Emerald Headingley which completes the opening round, James Child will referee Toronto Wolfpack’s first Super League fixture against Castleford Tigers, with Chris Kendall as the video official; and Ben Thaler will referee Leeds Rhinos versus Hull FC, with Robert Hicks as the video official.

Appointments have also been confirmed for the opening round of Betfred Championship fixtures, Aaron Moore will take charge of Sunday’s fixture between Bradford Bulls and London Broncos at the Tetley’s Stadium – which will also stage Friday night’s Championship opener between Dewsbury Rams and Leigh Centurions, for which Cameron Worsley has been appointed referee.

Marcus Griffiths will referee Saturday evening’s match between Toulouse Olympique and York City Knights at the Stade Ernest Wallon – which is being streamed live on the RFL’s Our League App, with a 5pm kick-off UK time.

In Sunday’s other games, Tom Grant will referee the West Yorkshire derby between Batley Bulldogs and Featherstone Rovers; Billy Pearson has been appointed for Halifax versus Sheffield Eagles at the Shay; and Gareth Hewer for the fixture between last year’s Betfred League 1 champions, Whitehaven, and Swinton Lions.

There are four newcomers to the list of Select Group officials for 2020 – including James Vella, who has relocated from Australia for non-refereeing reasons, but arrives with an impressive pedigree of more than 250 appointments in six seasons including the NRL’s Holden Cup competition and various New South Wales Rugby League Open Age competitions such as the Ron Massey Cup. Also new to the Select Group are 19-year-olds Luke Bland, from the Leeds Refereeing Society, and Liam Rush, from the Dewsbury and Batley society.

They are joined by Neil Horton, a 42-year-old who is a member of the Wakefield Refereeing Society and has been officiating for four years after considerable previous experience in the game as a player and coach. He has already refereed all the major finals in the community game nationally, as well as refereeing the 2019 Academy Grand Final.

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SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there’s never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back — not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It’s back this week and it’s been won first time out, so next week’s jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order — our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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