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The National Rugby League has appointed Tony Archer as its interim NRL Referees Elite Performance Manager pending a review of the refereeing structure.

NRL head of Football Todd Greenberg said today that the departure of Daniel Anderson following the 2013 Rugby League World Cup provided an opportunity to examine the best model for the high performance unit and its interaction with refereeing across the game.

There is no more important area in the game than officiating, Mr Greenberg said.

From the grass roots to the NRL there is a real need for people to appreciate and respect the importance of the role.

Daniel has done a fine job in establishing a genuine high performance unit for the referees and he has left us a really solid foundation on which we can build.

There are a number of options we could now look at in terms of a game-wide approach to refereeing and it is worth taking the time to form a long-term strategic view.

Daniel will complete his commitments with the World Cup and Tony has agreed to the interim role during our review process.

We are sorry to see Daniel leave and we thank him for what he has achieved but we also need to look at the chance to take what we have learnt this year and apply it to building an even stronger framework in the future.
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