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Top ref to officiate Kangaroos-NZ clash

21/10/2009 06:43:04 AM Comments (0)

England's Steve Ganson, Super League's leading referee, will be in charge for Australia's opening Four Nations match against world champions New Zealand at London's Twickenham Stoop on Saturday (Sunday morning AEDT).

Ganson, who was the man in the middle for both the Challenge Cup Final and the Super League Grand Final in 2009, will have Clint Sharrad (England) and Jose Pereira (France) as his touch-judges.

The video referee on Saturday will be Ian Smith.

New Zealand's Leon Williamson will referee the tournament's opening match between England and France at Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium on Friday.

Williamson, who refereed two matches involving France in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, will be assisted by touch-judges Adam Burns (Australia) and Alan Shortall (New Zealand).

Phil Bentham will be the video referee.

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