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The referee in a league of his own

With Daniel Lane

Hachette Australia

Many people have an opinon about Bill Harrigan, arguably Australia’s finest sporting official, but few really know the man behind the whistle.

As Australia’s leading Rugby League referee, Harrigan had a profile equal to the major players. He has refereed a record number of grand finals and State of Origins, and has seen the game’s best players up close—often in his face. His determination and commitment to be the best is second to none. But there is more to Bill Harrigan than the game. Unafraid of controversy and determined to speak the truth, he is just as much a character off the field as on.

From growing up in Sydney’s southwest to dealing with life-threatening situations as an elite police officer, he has seen the best and worst life has to offer. A family man of more complexity and sensitivity than the figure often presented in the media, this book provides readers with a chance to get to know the real Bill Harrigan.

Love him or hate him, Harrigan is like the matches he controls: fast-paced, free-flowing and extremely memorable.