12 Nov 2009

Kiwi to referee Four Nations final

5:57 am on 12 November 2009

The New Zealand rugby league referee Leon Williamson has been handed the biggest appointment of his career following confirmation he will control Sunday's Four Nations final between England and Australia at Elland Road in Leeds.

The Aucklander was in charge of two matches during the preliminary phase of the month-long tournament - the opening game between England and France in Doncaster and last Saturday's encounter between France and Australia in Paris.

The NZRL'shief executive Jim Doyle says it's a breakthrough appointment for a New Zealand referee as they seldom feature in appointments for big games.