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Rugby Football Union appoints first female Citing Commissioner in Europe

13 September 2013

  • Jilly Holroyd takes up citing post for the coming Championship season
  • She becomes the first female Citing Commissioner in Europe
Jilly Holroyd

Photo: RFU Archive

Jilly Holroyd is set to become the first female Citing Commissioner in Europe when she takes up the role in the Greene King IPA Championship this season.

Born in Bristol, Jilly’s CV boasts a wealth of experience in the sport, having worked for the Welsh Rugby Union for five years before joining Sport England as National Governing Body Relationship Manager.

Now situated in London, Jilly has played a pivotal role in the development of women’s rugby, heading up the Welsh Women’s Rugby Union, where she was charged with the development of women’s and girls’ rugby from a community to high performance level.

Most noticeably, she managed the successful integration of the Women’s Welsh Rugby Union into the WRU to ensure the long-term sustainability of the game.

Not limited to women’s rugby, Jilly’s experience includes the men’s game for which she drove the improvement of areas including club accreditation, funding and facility development as the Chair of the WRU Rugby Development Group.

Now the 32-year-old turns her focus to discipline, taking up a role as an RFU Citing Commissioner in the Greene King IPA Championship – the second tier of English professional rugby. She will be charged with assessing the footage from weekend matches.

Speaking about her appointment as a Citing Commissioner in the Championship, Jilly said: “I have always had a passion for rugby and over the years have been fortunate enough to get to experience many different roles, including as a player, coach, team manager and administrator.

“Citing gives me the opportunity to broaden my skill set into a new area and I am really excited about the challenge. I also hope it will encourage more women into similar roles, which I think is really important, especially now that women’s sevens is part of the Olympic Games.”

Gerard McEvilly, RFU Head of Discipline, added: “I am delighted to be able to appoint Jilly as an RFU Citing Commissioner in the 2013/14 Championship after a period of training with experienced RFU Citing Commissioners last season. Jilly’s significant rugby experience makes her ideally suited to this role.”