Referee Changleng retires
January 12, 2008

Malcolm Changleng has decided to stand down from full-time refereeing to return to a career in teaching.

Changleng, 38, became a professional referee with Scottish Rugby in 2002, and the highlight of his six years was when he controlled his first full Test match, between South Africa and Samoa, at Ellis Park, Johannesburg last summer.

Changleng has refereed 16 Heineken Cup matches, the Under-19 World Cup in Paris; the Under-21 World Cup in Mendoza, Argentina and on the IRB sevens circuit in tournaments in Dubai, Cape Town and Hong Kong, officiating there in the Sevens World Cup in 2005.

He has refereed Rugby World Cup qualifiers between Barbados and Canada in 2006 and Spain and Romania last year. He also undertook touch-judging duties at the most recent Rugby World Cup in France having been on the RBS 6 Nations Championship touch-judging panel since 2004. In total he has run the line at some 25 Test matches.

Changleng said: "Having spent so much time travelling to all parts of the rugby world in the last six years I've decided the time is right to spend a bit more time at home with my young family and return to a career in teaching.

"I will continue to referee in Scotland for the rest of the season and review my involvement thereafter."

SRU Head of Community Rugby, Colin Thomson, said: "Scottish Rugby values the contribution Malcolm Changleng has made as an integral part of the game and we welcome Malcolm's intention to continue refereeing in Scotland, where players in the community game will be the beneficiaries of his wisdom and experience.

"Scottish Rugby is committed to producing top-flight referees and we are actively considering our professional referee structure as part of our strategic plan."

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