Super League referee Robert Hicks has agreed to step-in for Steve Ganson as match official for the world’s highest game of rugby league up Mount Kilimanjaro.
Hicks will join 37 other climbers in the challenge, to help raise funds and awareness of the Steve Prescott Foundation.
Retired referee Ganson had previously agreed to officiate the game, to enable it to meet Guinness Book of Records criteria, but has had to withdraw due to a change in his role within the RFL.
An SPF spokesperson said: “It’s really great to welcome Robert Hicks to the climbing party and the SPF is very thankful to Robert and his family for agreeing to Robert stepping forward to join in this unique challenge.
“The Guinness Book of Records attempt can only take place with an RFL International referee officiating. Robert, a solicitor from Oldham is a full time official and Legal and Compliance officer for the RFL.”