The dispute between the NRL and the referees union has been resolved, with the whistleblowers agreeing to the league’s move to proceed with one referee for the remainder of the season.
The referees’ association, the Professional Rugby League Match Officials (PRLMO), had been planning to go before an arbitration hearing at the Fair Work Commission after a decision by the Australian Rugby League Commission to return to one on-field referee.
But the union has now reached a deal to have a single official for the remainder of the year, and for part-time referees who are not required to retain a $500-a-week payment.
The system will be reviewed at the end of the year by representatives of players, coaches, referees and the NRL management.
More to come.