Liam Moore will referee the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford for the second consecutive season.
The 27-year-old has been appointed as the referee for Saturday’s Super League showpiece between reigning champions St Helens and Leeds.
Moore took charge of his first Grand Final last October, with Kristian Woolf’s side beating Catalans Dragons 12-10 in front of 45,000 fans at the Theatre of Dreams.
And he will return to Old Trafford this weekend when Saints take on Rohan Smith’s Rhinos.
“It’s always an honour to be appointed for such a prestigious fixture,” Moore said.
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Liam Moore making history
The Wiganer refereed consecutive Challenge Cup finals at Wembley in 2020 and 2021. At the time, he became the youngest-ever Challenge Cup referee when was appointed for the behind-closed-doors final between Leeds and Salford.
The Rhinos claimed a 17-16 win over Salford in 2020 thanks to a drop goal from Luke Gale. In Moore’s second Cup final the following year, St Helens finished comfortable 26-12 winners against Castleford.
In this Saturday’s Grand Final, Moore will be assisted by seven match officials. Ben Thaler will be the video referee, with Jack Smith and Warren Turley the touch judges.
Chris Kendall will be the reserve referee, with Dean Bowmer being reserve touch judge.
Peter Taberner will be the match commissioner and Dave Milburn the timekeeper.
St Helens and Leeds without key men
Both teams will be missing a fair share of players on Saturday. Woolf will be without Regan Grace, Lewis Dodd and Alex Walmsley through injury whilst Morgan Knowles is suspended.
The Rhinos have been dealt a blow to half-back Aidan Sezer, who will miss the game through concussion. Leeds will be without their two starting wingers in Ash Handley and David Fusitu’a as well as two of their brightest young talents in Harry Newman and Morgan Gannon.