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Here come the refs to take on the Wakefield Wildcats Select XIII

Picture by Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com - Rugby League - First Utility Super League 2014. 06/02/2014 - Specsavers referees. James Child, Tim Roby, Phil Bentham , Ben Thaler Richard Silverwood, and Robert Hicks - Copyright - Simon Wilkinson - 07811267706 simon@swpix.com

Picture by Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com - Rugby League - First Utility Super League 2014. 06/02/2014 - Specsavers referees. James Child, Tim Roby, Phil Bentham , Ben Thaler Richard Silverwood, and Robert Hicks - Copyright - Simon Wilkinson - 07811267706 simon@swpix.com

Super League and Championship referees will take part in a game of touch rugby against ex-Wildcats players to raise money for charity.

The referees will take on a select side chosen by Wildcats chairman,Michael Carter and all the money raised will be donated to the Rugby League Benevolent Fund.

The team will include the chairman himself and Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher.

Super League referees Ben Thaler, of Wakefield, and Richard Silverwood will take part as well as former Wakefield Trinity players Ryan Hudson, Mark Webster, Rich Kelly and Francis Maloney.

The Rugby League Benevolent Fund helps players who have suffered serious life changing injuries from accidents during the game.

Everyone taking part will be making a donation to the benevolent fund.

Michael Carter said: “It will be interesting to see how the referees fare on the other side to what they’re used to.

“It’s all for a fantastic cause but I’m sure it will still be pretty competitive.

“The former players we’ve got in the side won’t want to have a defeat to referees on their playing record.

“It should be fun to watch for people so hopefully people can come down and support the night.”

Richard Silverwood, Super League referee, said: “I’m really looking forward to the game as are all the referees.

“We play a lot of touch rugby as part of our conditioning and skills sessions .

“I’m looking forward to putting our skills to the test against some good experienced ex professional players, the Wakefield chairman and of course Kelvin Fletcher.

“I hope it’s a fun event and we raise some money for the RFL benevolent fund.”

The game takes place on Tuesday, August 12.

Kick off is at 6.30pm and each half will last for 40 minutes.

Entry into the Rapid Solicitors Stadium will be £1.

For more information visit www.wakefieldwildcats.co.uk

 

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