Rugby League World Cup to use standard officiating

The fast-approaching 2017 Rugby League World Cup will use the same officiating procedure as Super League.

This means there will be one on-field referee and one video referee at all grounds for the end-of-season tournament.

Two on-field referees are complimented by the Bunker in the NRL and there were suggestions the same format would be applied for the World Cup, which will be mainly held in Australia.

However, logistics and cost of installing the required technology in venues like Port Moresby mean normal international rules will apply.

The NRL have used the $2 million Bunker since the start of the 2016 season and two on-field officials have helped clean up the ruck area in Australia’s top league.

Despite this, the basic officiating protocol was deemed a success at the last World Cup in 2013 and will remain in place for all matches at this year’s event.