Category: Referees

More women and girls take charge

The RFU’s full-time referee Sara Cox was appointed to take charge of France Women v New Zealand Women and as an Assistant Referee in the Rugby World Cup Qualifiers 2019 Hong Kong v Germany and Kenya v Germany. Television Match Official Claire Hodnett is making the call for three internationals: France v New Zealand, Wales… Read more »

Cox makes refereeing history

Cox took charge of Wasps’ match at the Ricoh Arena with Northampton Saints on a weekend where four different women took senior roles in the Premiership Rugby Cup. She is the RFU’s first centrally-contracted female referee and became the first woman to referee a game in the Greene King IPA Championship back in March. She… Read more »


As part of the RFU’s Young Rugby Ambassador programme, Northumberland Rugby Development Team, in partnership with Newcastle Falcons, recently helped 43 students working on their Refereeing Children Award.


Leading members of the Rugby Football Union are working closely with World Rugby to drive the development of the women’s game.

Take the challenge, take the whistle

England Rugby has launched a Female Match Official Development Programme and to support this we have produced a video that’s designed to motivate a new generation of female referees. It’s called ‘Be The Best You’.