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World Cup referee Ashley Klein is poised to join the ranks of the NRL

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by clontaago, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

    +121 / 0
    REFEREE Ashley Klein, whose handling of the World Cup final so incensed Ricky Stuart he later resigned as the Kangaroos' coach, is heading home to his native Australia.

    Klein, 29, has quit his position as an official with England's Rugby Football League to rejoin his wife and two children in Australia where he is now set to referee National Rugby League matches.
    Hot favourites Australia suffered a shock 34-20 loss to New Zealand in the World Cup final in Brisbane on November 22.

    The morning afterwards Stuart verbally abused both Klein and RFL referees' chief Stuart Cummings in the foyer of the hotel where they were all staying.

    An inquiry into the incident found there had been some physical contact between Stuart and Cummings and that the abuse was littered with profanities.

    Stuart, widely condemned for his outburst, subsequently apologised quit his post in December.

    Cummings, paying tribute to Klein, said in a statement Tuesday: "Ashley has had a very difficult decision to make but has understandably decided to join his family in Australia.

    "Therefore, we have decided it is in the best interests of all parties concerned to accept his resignation with immediate affect.

    "We understand that following the announcement last week that his family wish to stay in Australia that the NRL has subsequently offered him a position in their competition."
  2. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

    +1,718 / 71
    Hope he is better than that other pommie clown that cam over here, cant think of his name but he gets the occassional gig as the video ref now.
  3. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

    +121 / 0
    I just hope we get him when we play the Sharks!!
  4. DVS Matt

    DVS Matt Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +25 / 0
    Russell Smith
  5. Cameron

    Cameron Cambo Premium Member

    +662 / 35
    cant wait for his first game incharge of the sharks that will be gold
  6. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +971 / 7
    I could hardly understand Russell Smith's decisions most of the time. He drove me nuts. But anything that makes Sticky feel more uncomfortable I'm all for.
  7. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

    +233 / 0
    I was always amused by the highest ranked ref in the British comp being Australian, be interesting to see how he goes

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