Ex-Carlisle player gets international refereeing call PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Wednesday, 27 January 2021

ben blain.pngFormer Carlisle scrum-half Ben Blain has continued his rise up the refereeing ranks with a role in the Six Nations internationals next month.

The 32-year-old chartered surveyor has been selected as one of the match officials for the England v Italy match at Twickenham on Saturday 13th February.

Ben will be one of the two assistant referees for referee Mike Adamson (Scotland) along with Romain Poite (France).

Carlisle secretary David Morton said: “Not many years ago Ben was a fine scrum half for his club and subsequently he chose refereeing as his pathway to success, and is now in the Scottish top team of senior officials.

“Most players wait until they retire before taking up the whistle but Ben, although a top player, made that decision while he was still in his prime. We are all very proud of hium at the club.”

Blain began refereeing with the Cumbria Referee Society and was an instant success. By 2015 he was refereeing local English matches in National League One and Academy matches for the English Premiership.

In 2016, Blain joined the Scottish Rugby Union to be part of their referee group. He is now a member of the Borders Referee Society and was promoted to the Elite SRU refereeing panel in 2017.

He now referees in the Scottish Premiership and has officiated in the Pro 14, making his debut in the Dragons v Munster match in January 2019. He has also refereed in the European Challenge Cup.

Blain refereed his first Super 6 match on 14 December 2019 when the Ayrshire Bulls played Stirling County.

The former Carlisle player made his international debut in March 2019 when he refereed the Belgium v Georgia game and he has also refereed in Under-20 Six Nations matches.

“I think it’s fair to say that everyone at the Carlisle club has followed Ben’s subsequent career with great interest and will continue to do so,” said secretary Morton.

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