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“Not all heroes wear capes” – how social media reacted to Robert Hicks’ new role

Robert Hicks was appointed as the RFL’s Director of Operations and Legal over the weekend meaning his video refereeing role at the France versus England international double header in Perpignan was his last as a full-time match official.

Hicks has established himself as one of the most impressive officials in the top flight since making the decision to go full-time in 2011, though he will remain in a part-time capacity alongside his new role.

But, just how did social media react to the news?

The overwhelming response was to congratulate Hicks on the news as well as a stellar career as a full-time official.

Another was quick to highlight Hicks’ achievements within the game.

Former rugby league star Richie Mathers also waded into the debate.

One fan felt it was good for the game that he was staying in rugby league.

Another praised Hicks for the advice he will be giving to other budding referees.

Another supporter has backed Hicks in his success on the field.

Another said he would miss seeing Hicks in the middle of the field.

One supporter called on Hicks to help change the rules.

Another called on Hicks to do something about the marketing side of the governing body.

One Hull FC fan made a sarcastic joke about Jake Connor, whilst wishing him well.

One even called Hicks a “voice of reason”.

The support for Hicks has been mainly mainstream throughout rugby league.

One Championship supporter can’t wait to see Hicks in the lower leagues.

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