Sri Lanka schools rugby season to resume next week

The Sri Lanka schools rugby season is set to resume next week following a crucial meeting between Sports Minister Harin Fernando and the Rugby Referees Union. 

This decision comes in the wake of a heated discussion that addressed pressing issues, including a recent assault incident involving referees during a game between Science College and S. Thomas' College.

During the meeting, it was decided that referees would resume officiating matches starting next week. To ensure the safety of all involved, a special safety program will be implemented in collaboration with the Police. 

In addition, the Sports Ministry has committed to providing more technical equipment to support the referees. Schools will also receive education on the importance of respecting referees in the sport.

The Sri Lanka Rugby Football Referees (SLSRFR) had previously decided to abstain from officiating matches until July 15, 2024, following an assault incident on June 30 involving supporters of Science College. This decision led to the postponement of this week's matches under the Schools Rugby League 2024. 

In response, the Sri Lanka Schools’ Rugby Football Association (SLSRFA) has launched an independent investigation into the incident and has issued an apology to the referees, urging them to reconsider their decision.