Rugby League World Cup: Henry Perenara to referee England v Australia
Last Updated: 21/10/13 10:19am
Henry Perenara: New Zealander to referee England's clash with Australia
New Zealand referee Henry Perenara will be in charge of England's World Cup opener against Australia at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday.
The 33-year-old former Kiwi international is one of two New Zealanders on the 22-strong panel of match officials.
Perenara, a former player with Cronulla, St George Illawarra, Melbourne, Auckland Warriors and Parramatta, hit the headlines last month when he allowed a try scored by Cronulla on the seventh tackle which proved crucial in eliminating North Queensland from the NRL play-offs.
Perenara, along with Australian Matt Cecchin, was subsequently stood down by NRL referees boss Daniel Anderson but that has not prevented him from being unveiled as one of eight referees who will be in charge of the group matches at the World Cup.
Perenara made his Test debut in the 2011 Four Nations Series and also caused controversy in that competition when he disallowed a try by England winger Tom Briscoe in a match against Australia, who went on to win 36-20 at Wembley, and later admitted he got the decision wrong.
England have three of the eight referees in Richard Silverwood, Phil Bentham and Ben Thaler, while Super League official Thiery Alibert is France's representative and Ben Cummins, Shayne Hayne and Ashley Klein are Australia's three-strong contingent.
Klein, a former Super League referee, will be in charge of the Wales v Italy game at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, while Alibert and Cummins will referee England's other group games against Ireland and Fiji.
The full list of referees, touch judges and video referees, which has been put together by an appointments panel comprising former Great Britain coach David Waite, who is acting as chairman, Anderson and former RFL controller of officials Stuart Cummings, is:
England: Phil Bentham, Richard Silverwood, Ben Thaler; James Child, Joe Cobb, Mark Craven, Robert Hicks, Chris Leatherbarrow, Tony Martin, Tim Roby, Clint Sharrad, George Stokes, Matt Thomason, Warren Turley.
Australia: Grant Atkins, Ben Cummins, Shayne Hayne, Ashley Klein.
New Zealand: Henry Perenara, Jamal Thompson.
France: Thierry Alibert, Jose Pereira.