Rugby League - Thaler to ref World Club clash

Englishman Ben Thaler will referee Friday's World Club Challenge between Leeds and Melbourne Storm at Headingley.

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Ben Thaler has been a Super League referee since 2005

It was the Rugby Football League's turn to appoint the official after Australian Ashley Klein refereed last year's match, and the 31-year-old Thaler has been chosen from their eight-strong panel of full-time Super League referees.

It will be the first World Club Challenge for Thaler, who has been a Super League referee since 2005.

Warrington's Phil Bentham will be the video referee.

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