Michael Maguire joins NRL refereeing staff

The NRL has brought in former South Sydney coach Michael Maguire in a shake up of their refereeing department.

The premiership-winning mentor has been appointed to the role of high performance coach, the NRL announced.

As well, Bernard Sutton will take over the running of the NRL referees and bunker from Tony Archer, who moves into a national role overseeing the various whole-of-game programs.

After being sacked from Souths following their forgettable 2017 season, Maguire will take up his role with the NRL refereeing department immediately.

“Michael is a premiership winner with South Sydney and Wigan and through his time as a coach he has had a strong focus on leadership,” NRL head of football Brian Canavan said.

“He has been a respected and valued member of the NRL competition committee for several years, where his knowledge and insight have been able to shape the forward progress of the game.”

Sutton will step into the high-pressure role of senior manager of officiating while Archer has been appointed the general manager of officiating and will be in charge of recruitment and retention of referees as well as education programs.

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