Stuart Cummings MBE


30th December 2013

The RFL would like to congratulate former Match Officials Director, Stuart Cummings, on being awarded an MBE for services to Rugby League in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.

A former International Referee of the Year, Cummings officiated in four Challenge Cup finals, two Super League Grand Finals and two World Cup Finals before heading up the RFL Match Officials’ department in 2002, and overseeing the successful implementation of a panel of full-time referees in 2007.

RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood commented; “ I would like to congratulate Stuart on being awarded the MBE for his services to the sport. Stuart did an outstanding job for the RFL in his different roles both on and off the field and this recognition is richly deserved. Following a successful career both domestically and internationally officiating on the pitch, he then moved on to work as the Match Officials Director within the RFL, playing a major part in developing the department. Given the intense scrutiny referees face, it is to Stuart’s credit that he always fulfilled what is often the hardest job in Rugby League with diligence, dignity and above all integrity."

Stuart Cummings retired from his role as RFL Match Officials Director in March 2013, though he continues to work with the RFL on a consultancy basis.