International Rugby League announces 2022 Match Officials Panel

Published by IntRL
17 Dec 2021

The International Rugby League (IRL) Match Officials Panels for 2022 have been announced and they include some changes following consultation with members.

The Elite Match Official Squad (EMOS) sees just one change as Henry Perenara from New Zealand has retired, he is replaced by fellow kiwi, Paki Parkinson who is promoted from the International Match Official Squad (IMOS).

New Zealand’s Chris McKenzie has also retired and is replaced in IMOS by NZRL nominee Joseph Green. The Rugby Football League has nominated Marcus Griffiths to replace Scott Mikalauskas in the second level squad.

Commenting on the first year of operation for the panels, IRL’s Match Officials Manager, Stuart Cummings said, “It was good to see some of the officials in action this year in international competitions. Although the number of games was limited, it was important that these squad and panel members experience the difference of international competition compared to their own national competition. It also enabled us to do some development work with IMOS and Emerging Match Official Panel (EMOP) members who all received feedback on their performances and had areas for development identified, which is an important process for our pathway. 

“Hopefully the numbers in action will increase through 2022, not just with the rearranged RLWC2021, but through other fixtures that will be arranged. It is hardly surprising however, that at this stage there is little movement between the squads and panels.”

Joseph Green welcomed his inclusion in IMOS saying, “I’m very grateful to have been accepted into the International Match Officials Squad. Opportunities like this don’t come around very often and being one of a select few from New Zealand to be a part of this squad is awesome.”

Marcus Griffith has also joined IMOS and he commented, "I am really excited to be selected to join the international squad, I'm looking forward to the opportunities that could potentially arise from a world cup at the end of the 2022 domestic season.  

“I would like to thank all those people who have helped me during my progression through the match officials’ pathway.”

The match officials appointed to senior international matches in 2022 will be drawn from these three panels. EMOS officials will take charge of games featuring the highest ranked nations, IMOS officials will take charge of the next level of matches and officials from EMOP will take charge of games suitable to their experience and development.

The full squads for 2022 are:

Elite Match Officials Squad (EMOS)

Grant Atkins                Australia

Benjamin Casty          France

Robert Hicks                 England

Chris Kendall               England

Ashley Klein                Australia

Liam Moore                 England

Paki Parkinson            New Zealand

Gerry Sutton                 Australia

International Match Officials Squad (IMOS)

Kasey Badger               Australia

James Child                  England

Anthony Elliott             New Zealand

Adam Gee                     Australia

Peter Gough                 Australia

Joseph Green               New Zealand

Marcus Griffiths          England

James Jones                 Wales

Andrew Pilkington      Spain

Geoffrey Poumes       France

Rupa Hanua                Papua New Guinea

Belinda Sharpe           Australia

Chris Sutton                Australia

Rochelle Tamarua      New Zealand

Ben Thaler                    England

Etika Tukana               Fiji

Stephane Vincent       France

Paul Wane                    Papua New Guinea

Emerging Match Officials Panel (EMOP)

Suzanne Abotou         Cameroon

Guido Bonatti              Italy

Roman Bykhov           Ukraine

Jaroslav Bzoch             Czech Republic

Paul Causby                 Ireland

Denys Cherniev          Ukraine

Aris Dardamanis         Greece

Yannick Dassi               Papua New Guinea

Eneri Driu                      Fiji

Luke Fenton                Scotland

Oleksandr Ivchenko   Ukraine

Cody Kuxmann           USA

Fiona McConn            Ireland

Marshall Nortey          Ghana

Tony Palacios                Spain

Warren Pretorius         South Africa

Senivelati Qarau         Fiji

Lara Saba                      Lebanon

James Spencer           Ireland

Stefan Stamenic         Serbia

Max Topani                   Papua New Guinea

Peter Trapper              Jamaica

Solomone Vateitei      Fiji

Peniasi Wara                Fiji

Eamon Whelan           Ireland

Kemoy White              Jamaica