Rugby Referees launch proactive awareness effort

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Hon. Harin Fernando, Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure (centre) launching the web-site. Also in picture are Nizam Jamaldeen (right), the President of the Sri Lanka Society of Rugby Football Referees (SLSRFR), Dileep Dias (left), Website Concept & Development, Director E – Business  and Tony Amith (extreme  right), Committee member SLSRFR.
Pic by Kushan Pathiraja


By Sandun Kodithuwakku
Unveiling a plan to improve the standards and the perception of rugby refereeing in Sri Lanka the Sri Lanka Society for Rugby Football Referees (SLSRFR) yesterday launched a website that will help connect fans to the many facets of refereeing and more ambitiously provide a platform to request clarification for on-field decisions.

The website can be accessed on

President Sri Lanka Rugby Referees Society Nizam Jamaldeen during the launch said rugby referees in Sri Lanka has got close to their fellow referees in the world through the site . 

“We have got close to our fellow rugby referees in the world as the newly launched website will carry information on the latest information and trends regarding the game and also information on the local scene,” he said.

He said latest rules of the game and information on important rugby matches , from here and abroad, information on anti doping laws, will be communicated through the website.

A salient feature of the site is the interactive device under which subscribers could seek clarifications of the decisions made by the referees during matches. Referees will reply to these clarifications according to Jamaldeen. 

“Online guidance will be provided to the youth who wish to become referees in the future and we hope to interact with children as well through teaching them the game online,” Jamaldeen added.

“Generally people think rugby referees are tough but we will show that we are people with large hearts. Accordingly we will show the people that we are large hearted people by publishing information of the charity work we have been conducting during the recent past,” he added.

Minister of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando said that he would provide tablet devices to share information on the site. 

“I know how difficult it is to make a decision, in that atmosphere, level and that intensity, to make that decision in the split second,” he said. 

‘The referees association has done a brilliant thing and I will throw my support behind this project by providing them with data connections and 50 tablet devices, to update the website with all the latest information,” Minister Fernando said.