Matt Cecchin

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Matt Cecchin
Refereeing information

Years Competition Apps
2001– National Rugby League 300
2010 City vs Country Origin 1
2011–17 Internationals 12
2012–17 State of Origin 4
2018 Super League 1
As of 11 February 2018
Source: [1]

Matt Cecchin is an Australian rugby league referee in the National Rugby League (NRL) since 2001. Cecchin has officiated international matches at the 2011 Four Nations and 2017 World Cup, and domestic representative matches in all three games of the 2017 State of Origin series.

Referee career[edit]

Cecchin began his career by controlling Metro Cup matches.[2] He made his first grade debut when he took over from an injured Steve Clark at halftime of a New Zealand Warriors and Northern Eagles match on 1 June 2001.[3] His first full first grade match was on 14 July 2001, when he controlled a match between the Wests Tigers and North Queensland. He controlled 22 matches between 2001 and 2004.[1] In 2003, he was told the only way he would remain an official was to become a touch judge.[2]

Cecchin returned to first grade in 2008 and has controlled finals matches since 2009.[1] He controlled the 2011 NRL Grand Final alongside Tony Archer.[4]

Cecchin was appointed to control the 2010 City vs Country Origin match and refereed in the 2011 Four Nations. He controlled one match during the 2012 State of Origin series.[1]

He was awarded his second Grand Final appointed 2016 NRL Grand Final as lead referee along with assistant Ben Cummins. He was appointed lead referee for Game I of the 2017 State of Origin series.

In February 2018, Cecchin refereed one Super League match when Wigan Warriors took their home game against Hull F.C. to WIN Stadium in Wollongong, Australia.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Cecchin's father played reserve grade for the Newtown Jets.[4]

In 2012, Cecchin revealed he was gay, becoming the first NRL official or player since Ian Roberts in 1995 to do so.[4]

Cecchin has revealed having panic attacks before a match. He is a mental health ambassador for rugby league.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d Matt Cecchin
  2. ^ a b This Sporting Life: Matt Cecchin, 2 October 2011
  3. ^ Jessup, Peter (2 June 2001). "Rugby League: Warriors shine at the Death". Retrieved 7 April 2017 – via New Zealand Herald.
  4. ^ a b c NRL referee Matt Cecchin says being gay no reason to live in fear, 11 February 2012
  5. ^ "WiganWarriors v Hull FC - Matt, Nick & Jeff". 10 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  6. ^ Walter, Brad (10 February 2018). "Wigan win Super League match over Hull in Wollongong". Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  7. ^ Webster, Andrew (7 April 2017). "'I was going to fake an injury': NRL referee Matt Cecchin opens up about mental health". Retrieved 7 April 2017 – via The Sydney Morning Herald.