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Ashley Klein (born 6 September 1979[citation needed]) is an Australian rugby league referee.

Ashley Klein
Ashley Klein (10 November 2008).jpg
Personal information
Born (1979-09-06) 6 September 1979 (age 40)
Bathurst, NSW
Refereeing information
Years Competition Apps
2002 Northern Ford Premiership
2003–2008 Super League 150
2009– National Rugby League 190
Source: [1][2]

Klein arrived in England as a youngster and refereed his first few games in the Rugby League Conference travelling up from London.[citation needed]

His first professional game was Workington Town v Featherstone Rovers on 8 September 2002. His first Super League game was Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on 15 June 2003. In 2006 Klein was named by the Rugby League International Federation as referee of the year.[3] Klein was in charge of the 2008 Rugby League World Cup Final in Australia. He quit Super League in 2009 to return to Australia for family reasons.[4]

He is a former Parramatta Eels junior referee.[5]

On 17 February 2012 Klein was the referee for the 2012 World Club Challenge match between the Super League Grand Final winners Leeds Rhinos and NRL Grand Final winners Manly Sea Eagles at the Headingley Carnegie Stadium in Leeds which saw the English side run out 26-12 winners in front of 21,062 fans.

On 19 April 2013 he was the referee for the [[2013 ANZAC Test.


  1. ^ Rugby League Project
  2. ^ Rugby League Tables
  3. ^ "Awards". Rugby League International Federation. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  4. ^ Klein to call time for missus The Sun, 16 January 2009
  5. ^ NRL ref Klein heading home to Australia

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