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The New South Wales Rugby League would like to send its deepest condolences to the family and friends of former referee and touch judge, Max Tomsett.

Tomsett was outstanding in the refereeing ranks, but his major contribution was being a top-line touch judge for 308 first grade games, as well as various interstate and international matches.

His greatest achievements include “running the line” in the inaugural State of Origin match at Lang Park, and officiating nine first grade Grand Finals between 1975 and 1983 as a touch judge.

Max received Life Membership honours from both the Balmain and the NSW Referees Association, and has the “Max Tomsett Award” named after him, which recognises the two top touch judges for a particular season.

“Max was very well respected, and a real gentlemen,” NSWRL President John Chalk said.

“He always refereed with a strong conviction, never spoke down on the players, and was dedicated to the task.

“He was a lovely man.”