James Child

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James Child
Referee James Child.jpg
Personal information
Born (1983-07-04) 4 July 1983 (age 33)
Wakefield, England
Refereeing information
Years Competition Apps
2009– Super League 11
2007–Present Challenge Cup
2008–Present Internationals

James Child (born 4 July 1983) is a Super League referee. He was born in Wakefield.[1] He is one of the Rugby Football League's Full Time Match Officials.

Referee career[edit]

James started refereeing at the age of 11 years as a member of the Dewsbury & Batley Rugby League Referees' Society.[2] Since then he has enjoyed many notable successes, particularly as a touch judge having officiated at the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Challenge Cup Finals, the 2007 and 2008 Super League Grand Finals and most notably the 2008 Rugby League World Cup Final.[3]

As a referee, his first professional game was Gateshead Thunder v Workington Town on 17 April 2006, before making his Super League debut on 15 March 2009 with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v Catalans Dragons. This came a week after he officiated the Rugby League Varsity Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University at the Twickenham Stoop.

On 11 January 2010, he was promoted to the RFL's elite refereeing squad for 2010's Super League XV.[4]

Acting career[edit]

In 2009 James made a small acting appearance in Emmerdale, where he played a paramedic responding to the church fire caused by Sally Spode.

Personal life[edit]

He is a member of the Dewsbury and Batley Rugby League Referees' Society.[5]

He combines his role as Super League referee, with a part-time job as a Chartered surveyor for Leeds City Council.


  1. ^ "The Rugby Football League". Therfl.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  2. ^ "Dewsbury & Batley Rugby League Referees Society |". Freewebs.com. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  3. ^ "RFL trio head to the Rugby League World Cup - 8th October 2008 SportFocus news". Sportfocus.com. 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  4. ^ "The Rugby Football League". Therfl.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  5. ^ Dwsbury society

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