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Referee Klein confirmed for NRL season

22/01/2009 11:05:39 AM Comments (0)

Controversial World Cup final referee Ashley Klein has been confirmed to officiate in this year's NRL premiership.

Klein, who had a well-publicised run-in with former Australia coach Ricky Stuart at a Brisbane hotel after the Kangaroos' shock loss to New Zealand, has accepted an offer to join the NRL's full-time squad of referees after spending the past six seasons in the English Super League.

"To be given the chance to referee in the NRL is a dream for me and I can't wait to get to Australia and begin training with the other officials," Klein said in a statement.

"It's a great challenge for me, especially with the two-referee system in place for this year, and it is one I am looking forward to."

Referees boss Robert Finch welcomed Klein into the NRL ranks.

"Ashley is a great addition to our team and adds depth and experience to our full-time squad," Finch said.

Klein will join the NRL referees squad in the next few weeks.

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