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James Graham's strange response to the NRL's first female referee

Dragons forward James Graham has revealed the unusual way he will address female referees ahead of Belinda Sharpe’s groundbreaking debut as the NRL’s first female referee.

Speaking on NRL360, Graham said he would refer to female referees as “Sir” because it has been drummed into him since he was playing Under 8s.

A long-time touch judge and referee for Women’s Origin and Queensland Cup, Belinda Sharpe will finally end the 111-year senior men’s shutout when she runs out to co-referee the Broncos vs Bulldogs match on Thursday night.