Off the Wall

There is general agreement that one of the great issues facing Rugby League is the standard of refereeing at the premiership level.

Today we are told that the two men responsible for managing the NRL referees process - Robert Finch and Bill Harrigan - are about to get their way and from 2009 we will have TWO, not one, referees in each premiership match.

When I read the story this morning I reflected on the observation I made in this column a couple of months ago - that, despite the fact we have serious shortage of first grade referees, Robert Finch and Bill Harrigan are absolutely determined to foist two referees on the game.