Robert Hicks’ superb Super League impact revealed as he takes charge of 300th game with Wigan Warriors and Hull FC fixture

Robert Hicks will referee his 300th Super League game on Friday (15 July), when he officiates the fixture between Wigan Warriors and Hull FC fixture at the DW Stadium.

Hicks, who is now 40 and a former Saddleworth Rangers junior, refereed his first game at Rangers at the age of 16 and has since gone on to officiate in Challenge Cup Finals, Super League Grand Finals and two World Club Challenges, and in successive World Cups in 2013 and 2017.

In addition to refereeing 299 Super League games to date, and acting as the video official in many more, Hicks has refereed more than 500 first team games across all levels and competitions.

Dave Rotheram, the RFL’s Chief On-Field Officer, says: “Congratulations to Robert on reaching this significant milestone. Everybody who knows him is aware of his passion for the sport, and he has made an outstanding contribution to Super League and Rugby League generally, both as a match official and in his roles with the RFL – now as Director of Operations and Legal.”

Hick’ first Super League refereeing appointment was Leeds Rhinos versus Crusaders at Headingley in June 2010, when a late try from Vince Mellars earned the visitors an historic victory.

The rest of this weekend’s appointments are as followed:

St Helens v Huddersfield Giants
15th July, KO: 20:00
M Com: R. Connolly
Referee: C. Kendall
Reserve Referee: B. Thaler
Touch Judge 1: J. Roberts
Touch Judge 2: M. Griffiths
Video Referee: J. Child
Reserve Touch Judge: R. Cox
Time Keeper: A. Mills

Wigan Warriors v Hull FC
15th July, KO: 20:00
M Com: K. Leyland
Referee: Rob Hicks
Reserve Referee: L. Rush
Touch Judge 1: D. Bowmer
Touch Judge 2: C. Worsley
In Goal: G. Jones
In Goal 2: P. Brooke
Time Keeper: P. Taberner

Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves
16th July, KO: 15:00
M Com: S. Williams
Referee: L. Moore
Reserve Referee: L. Bland
Touch Judge 1: N. Horton
Touch Judge 2: R. Thompson
Video Referee: M. Griffiths
Reserve Touch Judge: D. Martin
Time Keeper: P. Crashley

Toulouse Olympique XIII v Leeds Rhinos
16th July, KO: 20:00
M Com: P. Jenkins
Referee: J. Smith
Touch Judge 1: A. Smith
Touch Judge 2: G. Poumes
In Goal: F. Gely
Time Keeper: D. Segura

Hull KR v Wakefield Trinity
17th July, KO: 15:00
M Com: T. Randerson
Referee: M. Griffiths
Reserve Referee: B. Brocklehurst
Touch Judge 1: C. Kendall
Touch Judge 2: R. Hicks
In Goal: P. Marklove
In Goal 2: R. Thompson
Time Keeper: D. Milburn

Salford Red Devils v Catalans Dragons
17th July, KO: 15:00
M Com: A. Mills
Referee: B. Thaler
Reserve Referee: C. Griffiths
Touch Judge 1: M. Craven
Touch Judge 2: L. Moore
In Goal: J. Roberts
In Goal 2: N. Horton
Time Keeper: A. Brown

Ben Thaler once more gets a Super League gig after returning to the top flight last weekend in impressive fashion whilst Robert Hicks will referee his 300th game.

There is, however, no place on the pitch for James Child.

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