Golden era for fe­male ref­er­ees Trail­blaz­ers in pro­fes­sional game

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Al­ham­bra Nievas

The Spa­niard took charge of the women’s sevens fi­nal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Of­fi­ci­ated a Rugby Europe Con­fer­ence match be­tween Fin­land and Nor­way in 2017 – the first fe­male to over­see a men’s rugby union in­ter­na­tional.

Joy Neville

The first fe­male as­sis­tant ref­eree in a Chal­lenge Cup fix­ture in 2016, be­fore tak­ing charge of matches in the com­pe­ti­tion. Was crowned World Rugby’s ref­eree of the year in 2017.

Amy Per­rett

The mother-of-one be­came the first woman to ref­eree a men’s Su­per Rugby game, in Can­berra last month, af­ter reg­u­larly be­ing an as­sis­tant.

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