Well know rugby referee Charlie Brown will take the reins in the much awaited clash between the two unbeaten clubs of the Dialog Rugby League, Kandy SC and Havelock SC this weekend at Nittawela.
The appointment was confirmed after a meeting held yesterday at the Sri Lanka Rugby Referees Society (SLRRS) where the decision to hire Charlie Brown to officiate the key Dialog ‘A’ division rugby match between Kandy SC and Havelocks SC at Nittawela on Sunday was taken.
SLRRS initially appointed referee Rohan Fernando to blow the match but at the request of Havelock SC, who wanted an overseas referee be appointed as both teams are unbeaten so far, the change was made.
Irishman Charlie Brown’s talent became widely recognized in the Island when he first came down in 2013. He also officiated at the Kandy SC vs Navy SC last year at Welisara, and refereed 2 other overseas matches in the island afterwards. Brown has a reputation for controlling the game well and making the correct calls on most times than not.
He started refereeing in 2004 and has since refereed matches in America, P.R. China and other countries around Asia. Brown joined CIS in 2012 and the Singapore Society of Rugby Union Referees. He is currently the Singapore rugby development manager.