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Exciting times ahead for women referees

30 May 2012

  • Six women referees given opportunities in London leg of IRB World 7s Series
  • It's a very exciting time to be involved with officiating - Alan Biggs

The six female referees who officiated at the London leg of the IRB World 7s Series

Photo: RFU Archive

Female officiating in England was boosted by the presence of six women match officials representing the RFU when the London leg of the IRB World 7s Series rolled in to Twickenham.

The IRB Women’s Challenge Cup saw some of the country’s top female match officials on duty as the explosion in popularity of 7s sees new and exciting opportunities develop for referees.

With the IRB 7s World Cup taking place in Moscow in 2013 and the inclusion of 7s in the Olympic Games in 2016, leading 7s referee Sara Cox, from Devon, made her debut on the IRB stage at Twickenham ahead of a trip to Bulgaria for the European Championships in June.

Cox was supported by Tracey Pettingale (London), Georgina Crabb (London), Claire Hodnett (NLD), Clare Daniels (Somerset) and Nicola Reynolds (East Midlands).

RFU Referee Development Manager Alan Biggs, who heads up the Women’s Match Official Programme in England said: “It’s a very exciting time to be involved with officiating and the girls are showing what opportunities are out there as the 7s game continues to grow.”

To find out more about becoming a referee, visit www.rfu.com/takingpart/referee  or email Alan Biggs on alanbiggs@rfu.com.