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Tony Archer (referee)

Tony Archer is an Australian former rugby league referee. He presided over 319 National Rugby League games as referee between 1999 and 2012 as well as being the referee of 13 State of Origin matches and 9 International matches, including at the 2008 World Cup. He is currently the National Rugby League referee's elite performance manager.

Tony Archer
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Personal information
Full nameAnthony Archer
Born1969 (age 49–50)
Refereeing information
Years Competition Apps
1999–12 NRL 319
2006 City vs Country Origin 1
2006–10 International 9
2008–12 State of Origin 13
Source: [1][2]

Rugby league careerEdit

Archer made his first grade debut controlling a Western Suburbs Magpies v Canterbury Bulldogs match at Campbelltown on 24 July 1999.

Since then he has refereed the NRL Grand Final in 2007 2009 & 2010, at the 2008 World Cup, 2010 Four Nations and also controlled the 2010 All Stars match.

Archer was named international referee of the year in 2007 and 2008.[3] On 3 November 2011 The annual RLIF Awards dinner was held at the Tower of London and Archer was named referee of the year.[4]

He retired at the end of the 2012 NRL season to take up a coaching role. In late 2013 he was appointed the interim referee's elite performance manager by the National Rugby League.[5] Before the 2014 season, the National Rugby League appointed him to the full-time role.[6]

Private lifeEdit

His part-time job was as a Police prosecutor with the New South Wales Police Force.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Tony Archer
  2. ^ RL project Archived 15 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Awards". Rugby League International Federation. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Slater scoops player award". Sky Sports. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  5. ^ Tony Archer to take charge of NRL referees when Daniel Anderson vacates role after World Cup, 18 October 2013
  6. ^ Veteran Tony Archer handed toughest job in the NRL - the role of referees' boss, 14 January 2014

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