Women’s international rugby to resume in November
Experienced match official team selected with more than 60 tests between the appointees
18 match officials from six unions appointed as preparations continue for RWC 2021
Italy v Scotland Women’s Six Nations match doubles up as part of Rugby Europe Rugby World Cup 2021 European qualification pathway
World Rugby today confirmed an experienced team of match officials from six member unions to take charge of the remaining Women’s Six Nations and November test matches.
Sara Cox (RFU), who recently became first female assistant referee to officiate in the English Premiership, and World Rugby Referee Award 2017 recipient Joy Neville (IRFU), who is set to make history as the first female TMO for a major men’s international competition in the Autumn Nations Cup in November, are also selected.
Davidson and Neville will also take charge of the November international matches between France and England.
With more than 60 tests as referees between the six of them, the experienced panel will be supported by nine assistant referees and Television Match Officials from six member unions.
The selections have been made with ongoing COVID-19 travel and quarantining restrictions in mind, meaning that the selections for these matches come entirely from the European unions.
The match officials are continuing their preparations for Rugby World Cup 2021 which is less than a year away, with the ninth edition of the showpiece event kicking off in the southern hemisphere for the first time in its history on 18 September, 2021. Before that, there is also Tokyo 2020 to aim for.
Newly-appointed chairman of the selection committee Graham Mourie said: “We would like to congratulate the panel selected to participate in the upcoming Women’s Six Nations matches and November internationals. With an Olympic Games and Rugby World Cup taking place within the next 12 months, this is the opportunity for match officials to perform at the highest level as we return to international rugby.”
- Sara Cox, RFU
- Hollie Davidson, SRU
- Clara Munarini, FIR
- Aurelie Groizeleau, FFR
- Nikki O’Donnell, RFU
- Joy Neville, IRFU
- Beatrice Benvenuti (FIR)
- Francesca Martin (WRU)
- Clare Daniels (RFU)
- Maria Pacifico (FIR)
- Doriane Domenjo (FFR)
- Katherine Ritchie (RFU)
- Ian Davies (WRU)
- Neil Paterson (SRU)
- Alan Falzone (FIR)
- Eric Gauzins (FFR)
- Claire Hodnett (RFU)
- Olly Hodges (IRFU)