Super League's plans for two referees put on hold after clubs change stance
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 08/03/19 8:15pm
Plans to introduce two referees into Super League have been put on hold after clubs decided against trialling the system in reserve and academy matches.
Super League chief executive Robert Elstone wanted to add the two-referee system to the other rule changes brought in from Australia's National Rugby League [NRL] from the start of the 2019 season, like golden point and the shot clock.
In anticipation of the move, the Rugby Football League created a "two-referee technical executive" post and leading NRL referee Matt Cecchin was all set to take on the job to oversee a trial of the system ahead of its introduction in 2020 while also officiating in Super League.
However, a change in stance from Super League clubs, allied to visa complications, means Cecchin has aborted his planned move and will instead return to officiating in the NRL.
It is thought a majority of Super League clubs at their last meeting expressed reservations over the introduction of two referees, largely due to cost, and a league spokesman confirmed the "process is being revisited".