Leading Super League referee Robert Hicks has been appointed to control Friday night’s Rugby League World Cup 2017 match between Australia and France at Canberra Stadium.

Hicks, who was the 2016 Super League Referee of the Year, had charge of this season's World Club Challenge match between Wigan Warriors and Cronulla Sharks.

NRL grand final referee Matt Cecchin has been given control of the vital Pool C clash between Papua New Guinea and Ireland at Oil Search National Football Stadium on Sunday, while Ben Cummins will be in charge of the Samoa v Tonga match at Waikato Stadium on Saturday.

Henry Perenara will referee the other Pool B game between New Zealand and Scotland at Christchurch Stadium on Saturday, while Ben Thaler has been given charge of the England v Lebanon clash at Sydney Football Stadium.

The first match of Sunday’s double-header at Townsville Stadium between Italy and USA will be refereed by Ashley Klein, while Chris Kendall will control the second game between Fiji and Wales.

RLWC2017 Match Official Round 2

GAME:  Australia v France           
DATE: Friday, November 3, 2017
VENUE: Canberra Stadium            
KICK OFF: 8.05pm Local
REFEREE: Robert Hicks  
VIDEO REFEREE: James Child
TOUCH JUDGES: Chris Sutton, Mark Craven         

GAME:  New Zealand V Scotland                
DATE: Saturday, November 4, 2017
VENUE: Christchurch Stadium    
KICK OFF: 5.05pm Local
REFEREE: Henry Perenara            
VIDEO REFEREE: Steve Chiddy
TOUCH JUDGES: Belinda Sleeman, Chris McMillan             

GAME: Samoa v Tonga  
DATE: Saturday, November 4, 2017
VENUE: Waikato Stadium            
KICK OFF: 7.35pm Local
REFEREE: Ben Cummins
VIDEO REFEREE: Jared Maxwell
TOUCH JUDGES: David Munro, Tim Roby              

GAME: England v Lebanon          
DATE: Saturday, November 4, 2017
VENUE: Sydney Football Stadium
KICK OFF: 8.05pm Local
REFEREE: Ben Thaler      
VIDEO REFEREE: Phil Bentham
TOUCH JUDGES: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski, Liam Moore  

GAME: PNG v Ireland      
DATE: Sunday, November 5, 2017
VENUE: Oil Search National Football Stadium      
KICK OFF: 4.05pm Local
REFEREE: Matt Cecchin  
VIDEO REFEREE: Bernard Sutton
TOUCH JUDGES: Chris Butler, Michael Wise         

GAME:  Italy v USA          
DATE: Sunday, November 5, 2017
VENUE: Townsville Stadium        
KICK OFF: 4.05pm Local
REFEREE: Ashley Klein    
VIDEO REFEREE: Robert Hicks
TOUCH JUDGES: James Child      

GAME:  Fiji V Wales        
DATE: Sunday, November 5, 2017
VENUE: Townsville Stadium        
KICK Off: 6.35pm Local
REFEREE: Chris Kendall  
VIDEO REFEREE: Phil Bentham
TOUCH JUDGES: Mark Craven, Chris Sutton