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Hicks to ref 1895 Cup Final

Robert Hicks has been appointed to referee the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Final between Featherstone Rovers and York City Knights at Wembley on Saturday with Dean Bowmer and Mark Craven as touch judges, and Mike Smaill and Nick Bennett as in-goal judges.

It kicks off at noon, to be followed at 3pm by the Betfred Challenge Cup Final, featuring Castleford Tigers and St Helens.

Liam Moore will referee that one in his second consecutive Cup Final.

Moore, who turned 26 last month, became the youngest referee in more than a century of Challenge Cup Finals when he took charge of the 2020 Final between Leeds Rhinos and Salford Red Devils last October.

“It was an honour to be appointed last year, and a fantastic experience,” he reflected.

“But of course that was an unusual Wembley experience with no spectators in the ground because of lockdown. It’s the fans who make Challenge Cup Final day special, and as Rugby League fans ourselves, I know I’m speaking on behalf of all the match officials who have been appointed for the weekend when I say how much we’re looking forward to a noisier and more normal atmosphere this year.”

Steve Ganson, the RFL’s Head of Match Officials, said:

“Liam has refereed particularly well this season. He has been extremely confident and consistent in his decision making and deserves his second appearance at Wembley.

“He has a very strong officiating team around him who have all performed to a consistent high level and fully deserve their appointments.”

Touch judges for the Betfred Challenge Cup Final will be Tom Grant and Jack Smith, with Chris Kendall the video referee, James Child the reserve referee, and Neil Horton the reserve touch judge.

Betfred Challenge Cup Final @ Wembley Stadium- Saturday 17th July, 3pm

Castleford Tigers VS St Helens

Referee: Liam Moore

Touch Judges: Tom Grant & Jack Smith

Video Referee: Chris Kendall

Reserve Referee: James Child

Reserve Touch Judge: Neil Horton

AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Final @ Wembley Stadium - Saturday 17th July, 12pm

Featherstone Rovers VS York City Knights

Referee: Robert Hicks

Touch Judges: Dean Bowmer & Mark Craven

In-Goal Judges: Mike Smaill & Nick Bennett

Reserve Referee: Aaron Moore

Reserve Touch Judge: Ellis McCarthy

Robert Hicks image via SWPix


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