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Young rugby refs ready to begin

Wednesday, 18th March, 2015

(From left) Jacob Dannatt, Jae Edwards, Kingsley McIntosh, Jordyn Pinnuck, Darren Bennett and NRL referee development officer Willy Barnes. (From left) Jacob Dannatt, Jae Edwards, Kingsley McIntosh, Jordyn Pinnuck, Darren Bennett and NRL referee development officer Willy Barnes.

The next generation of Rugby League referees are preparing to take control on game day after undertaking a course at Robinson College.

Six students from the high schools participated in a level one refereeing course yesterday as part of a joint venture between the NRL, Outback Rugby League and the schools.

The boys will put their new-found skills to the test on Friday at 9.30am at a school rugby gala day to be held at Alma Oval.

They will also be able to use their accreditation to act as paid referees in junior ORL games in the season proper.

ORL development officer Matt Kiddle and Alesco head teacher Anthony Tidball said it was very pleasing to see the course being embraced by school students after a successful refereeing program last year.

“It’s great to see so many kids involved and get a few more through the program again this year,” said Matt.

“And it’s excellent to have all the high schools taking part and working together for rugby,” said Anthony.

“It gives the kids a chance to give back to the community and show what they’ve learned.”

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