Changleng Ready For Full Test Debut

Scotland’s Malcolm Changleng will referee his first full Test match tomorrow when he takes control of South Africa’s game against Samoa at Ellis Park, Johannesburg. Changleng, 37, has spent the last fortnight in the country, running the line at South Africa’s victories over England in Bloemfontein and Pretoria.Scotland’s Malcolm Changleng will referee his first full Test match tomorrow when he takes control of South Africa’s game against Samoa at Ellis Park, Johannesburg.

Changleng, 37, has spent the last fortnight in the country, running the line at South Africa’s victories over England in Bloemfontein and Pretoria.

Changleng, whose twin brother David took up refereeing before he did, played on the wing for Gala for ten years, helping the club to the Scottish Cup in 1999 and also played for Border Reivers in the Heineken Cup.

He has been refereeing since 2000 and cites the influence of Bill Calder, Jim Fleming, Brian Anderson, Iain Goodall and Roy McCombe for helping him rise through the refereeing ranks.

Changleng became a professional referee with Scottish Rugby in 2003 and has refereed 12 Heineken Cup matches; the U19 World Cup in Paris; the U21 World cup in Mendoza, Argentina; and on the IRB sevens circuit including Dubai, Cape Town and the IRB Sevens World Cup 2005 in Hong Kong.

He has also refereed World Cup qualifiers, last year between Barbados and Canada and earlier this year between Spain and Romania

He has been touch-judging in the RBS 6 Nations Championship since 2004 and the Tri-Nations since 2005. In total he has run the line at some 22 Test matches.