Archer gets the nod

Tony Archer has been named referee of Sunday's Grand Final between Melbourne and Manly at Telstra Stadium.

Archer becomes the 22nd person to referee a first grade premiership grand final. It is the first major refereeing appointment for Archer and he's excited by the achievement.

Referees coach Robert Finch has also announced that Steve Chiddy and Russell Turner will be sideline officials with Bill Harrigan and Phil Cooley in the video referees box.