International Rugby League has appointed Stuart Cummings as the first ever match official manager.
Cummings, 59, will be the public face of match officials for International Rugby League.
His roles include appointments, development, high-performance evaluation, pathways and educational frameworks.
“I am really excited and honoured to be taking on this role with International Rugby League,” he said.
“Since I refereed my first international in 1994, I have seen officiating in international competition as the pinnacle of a match official’s career. I look forward to developing opportunities for officials to experience some of the highs that I did during my officiating career as well as working with countries where Rugby League is developing as a sport in order to create pathways for their match officials to progress.”
The role means that Cummings is stepping down from his position at Sky Sports in the UK.