McCallum lands new Aussie role

Former leading Rugby Football League official Greg McCallum is back in the game after being appointed to a new-look judiciary in Australia.

Former leading Rugby Football League official Greg McCallum is back in the game after being appointed to a new-look judiciary in Australia.

Former St Helens prop Darren Britt, who retired as a player at the end of the 2003 season, has also landed a place on the National Rugby League's disciplinary panel.

McCallum, a former Test-match referee, has been out of rugby league since being forced out of Red Hall in February 2002.

He joined the League initially as controller of referees before becoming director of rugby in 2001, but was a victim of a clear-out which eventually paved the way for the appointment of executive chairman Richard Lewis and a four-man board.

McCallum, who now runs a sports travel and event management company in Sydney, will take on the new role of match review co-ordinator, as part of a committee that will determine whether a player is to be charged.

Sydney barrister and former Canterbury and Newtown player Peter Kite has been appointed to the new position of judiciary counsel and ex-players Britt and Mark Coyne have been added to the list of panelists.

Current judiciary commissioner Jim Hall makes way for the appointment of McCallum and Kite.

"The system we have in place remains the best in Australian sport, but after six years of the NRL there were clearly some lessons to take on board," said NRL chief executive David Gallop.

"Jim Hall has devoted substantial time towards trying to achieve this, but we felt the system needed change.

"Given that the role has been split, Greg McCallum in many ways has the ideal background for someone to co-ordinate the match review process.

"The fact that we are able to introduce ex-players of the calibre of Mark Coyne and Darren Britt to the existing panel members is also extremely encouraging as it maintains the philosophy of players being judged by their peers."

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