Liam Moore has been chosen to referee the Coral Challenge Cup Final this Saturday between Salford Red Devils and Leeds Rhinos at Wembley. 

Joining the RFL’s Grade One list of Match Officials in 2016, this will be Moore’s first major final as referee, one of the youngest officials to take charge of a Challenge Cup Final at the age of 25.

Moving into the Full-Time squad of RFL match officials at 21, Moore will be no stranger to Wembley, refereeing the Champion Schools opener there in 2013 at just 18.

Dave Rotheram, the RFL’s Chief On-Field Officer, said: “Congratulations to Liam Moore for being appointed to referee his first Challenge Cup Final, and to all the other officials who have been appointed for Wembley.

“It was not an easy decision, given the high quality of performance by our officials in what has been an especially difficult season.

“Liam deserves this opportunity for the consistency he has shown since the restart of the season in August.

“After Chris Kendall’s appointment for the Betfred Super League Grand Final and international fixtures last autumn, it is encouraging to have a growing pool of officials who are pushing for recognition in the game’s showpiece occasions.”

After the appointment, Moore took to Twitter and said: “Unbelievably proud to be appointed to referee the Coral Challenge Cup Final. Thank you to my family and friends who have supported me all the way.

“Congratulations to all the team appointed in what is the greatest honour. Thank you for all the messages it means a lot.”

Saturday will also be an important day for Aileen Mills, who will become the first female Timekeeper at a Challenge Cup Final.

Match Official appointments, Coral Challenge Cup Final, Saturday October 17 – Leeds Rhinos v Salford Red Devils:

Referee: Liam Moore

Touch Judges: Tom Grant, Jack Smith

Video Referee: Ben Thaler

Reserve Referee: Chris Kendall

Reserve Touch Judge: Cameron Worsley

Match Commissioner: Tony Brown

Standby Official: Liam Rush

Time Keeper: Aileen Mills



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