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Gerard Sutton and Ben Cummins will referee the 2016 Holden State of Origin I at ANZ Stadium next Wednesday, June 1.

Referees Elite Performance Manager Tony Archer said Sutton and Cummins deserved to referee the opening Origin match following their performances through the opening rounds of the Telstra Premiership, as well as their partnership in all three State of Origins in 2015.

"They have been the two leading referees in the NRL competition and deserve their selections," Mr Archer said.

"This will be Ben’s 12th Origin appearance and Gerard’s 5th.  They handled last year’s series really well and will be supported by two in-form and experienced touch judges. I am confident all officials will perform well next Wednesday night."

The match officials for the opening Holden State of Origin match, on June 1, are:

Referee: Gerard Sutton

Assist Referee: Ben Cummins

Touch Judges: Nick Beashel, Jeff Younis

Senior Review Official: Bernard Sutton

Review Officials: Luke Patten, Ashley Klein

Standby Referee: Gavin Badger

Standby Touch Judge: Michael Wise

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