Englishman Phil Bentham will referee Saturday’s 2014 Four Nations Series final in Wellington.

The 43-year-old from Leigh was chosen by a three-man selection panel to control the decider at the Westpac Stadium between New Zealand and Australia.

Bentham got the nod ahead of Australian Gerard Sutton and New Zealander Henry Perenara for the decider.

Bentham, the man who dismissed Wigan Warriors forward Ben Flower after just two minutes of the First Utility Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford last month, was in charge of the opening game between the Kangaroos and the Kiwis.

Perenara and Bernard Sutton have been appointed as video referees and England’s Robert Hicks will be one of the touch judges.