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Women’s Six Nations referees announced

Women’s Six Nations referees announced

Aimee Barrett-Theron has been given the honour of taking charge of the opening match of the 2019 Women’s Six Nations Championship.

The South African referee will oversee the opener between Ireland and England at Energia Park on February 1.

She will also be in the middle for the Italy against Wales in Lecce for round two.

Rebecca Mahoney (NZRU) is the only other referee appearing twice during the Championship, as the New Zealander takes charge of Scotland against Wales in round four and Italy hosting France in the final match of the competition.

Nikki O’Donnell (RFU) and Sean Gallagher (IRFU) will both take charge of a game on the opening weekend, overseeing Scotland against Italy and France versus Wales respectively.

Tim Baker (HKRU) gets the call up for one of the Championship’s biggest matches as England host France at Castle Park in Doncaster on the second weekend, with Beatrice Benvenuti (FIR) taking charge of Scotland against Ireland.

Sara Cox, who became the first female referee to oversee a Premiership Rugby match earlier this season, will have the whistle for the clash between France and Scotland in Lille during round three.

Meanwhile former Ireland women’s star Joy Neville will be in the middle for England against Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on the final weekend.

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2019 Women’s Six Nations Refereeing Appointments:

Ireland Women v England Women

Referee: Aimee Barrett-Theron (South Africa)

Scotland Women v Italy Women

Referee: Nikki O´Donnell (England)

France Women v Wales Women

Referee: Sean Gallagher (Ireland)

Scotland Women v Ireland Women

Referee: Beatrice Benvenuti (Italy)

Italy Women v Wales Women

Referee: Aimee Barrett-Theron (South Africa)

England Women v France Women

Referee: Tim Baker (Hong Kong)

Italy Women v Ireland Women

Referee: Laura Pettingale (England)

France Women v Scotland Women

Referee: Sara Cox (England)

Wales Women v England Women

Referee: Clara Munarini (Italy)

Scotland Women v Wales Women

Referee: Rebecca Mahoney (New Zealand)

England Women v Italy Women

Referee: Aurelie Groizeleau (France)

Ireland Women v France Women

Referee: Ian Tempest (England)

England Women v Scotland Women

Referee: Joy Neville (Ireland)

Wales Women v Ireland Women 

Referee: Hollie Davidson (Scotland)

Italy Women v France Women

Referee: Rebecca Mahoney (New Zealand)