It’s a Women’s Game … Including the Officiating

Pretty cool news …

Record number of women match officials appointed for Women’s RWC 2006
The International Rugby Board (IRB) today announced the appointment of Match Officials for Women’s Rugby World Cup 2006 which kicks-off in Edmonton, Canada at the end of next month. The selection represents an unprecedented number of women officials for the showpiece tournament in the women’s Game.

The appointments were made by the IRB Referee Selection Committee, with twelve women officials selected for the tournament comprising of eight referees and four touch judges. The panel of officials will be assisted by experienced international referees George Ayoub, Lyndon Bray, Malcolm Changleng and Simon McDowell, who were appointed in April.

“This selection represents the greatest number of women officials ever appointed for an IRB Tournament,” explained International Rugby Board Referees Manager Paddy O’Brien. “It is also encouraging to note that there is also a broad representation of Unions within the selection with officials from nine countries appointed, including referees from Switzerland and Germany.”

“The Women’s Rugby World Cup represents a great opportunity for the best women players to showcase their talents in a major tournament on the international stage, and the same can be said for the match officials.”

“The selection committee was extremely impressed by the standard of nominations received and those appointed have an opportunity to continue their development in an international tournament environment.”

“The unprecedented number women officials selected for Women’s Rugby World Cup 2006 highlights the continued growth of women’s Rugby and also sends out a clear message to all aspiring referees that there is something to aim towards,” added O’Brien.

Individual match appointments for the opening rounds of the tournament will be made when the Match Officials arrive in Edmonton at the end of August. Each referee will officiate a minimum of one match in the early stages of the tournament with performance being assessed before appointments for the subsequent rounds are made.

Since the first tournament in 1991 Women’s Rugby World Cup has been the catalyst for the tremendous growth of the women’s Game world wide. The selection of twelve women match officials for the WRWC 2006, combined with the news that for the first time women will have their own Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2009 running alongside the men’s tournament in the same host city, underlines the growing popularity of the Game.

The fifth Women’s Rugby World Cup, which kicks off on 31 August, will be contested by twelve teams over five rounds. Defending champions New Zealand will face hosts Canada in the opening round of matches.

All the latest tournament news, schedule and ticket information can be found at

Women’s Rugby World Cup 2006 Match Official Appointments

Jenny Bental (South Africa)
Rachel Boyland (Switzerland)
Sarah Corrigan (Australia)
Clare Daniels (England)
Christine Hanizet (France)
Nicky Inwood (New Zealand)
Joyce Henry (Canada)
Kerstin Ljungdahl (Germany)

Touch Judges:
Debbie Innes (England)
Kristina Mellor (New Zealand)
Kim Smit (South Africa)
Dana Teagarden (USA)

The above will be joined at the tournament by the following four referees appointed by the IRB Referee Selection Committee at the April selection meeting:

George Ayoub (Australia)
Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)
Malcolm Changleng (Scotland)
Simon McDowell (Ireland)



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One response to “It’s a Women’s Game … Including the Officiating

  1. Katy

    the female refs tickle me pink inside, but where are the usa heavy hitters?? where is grace gavin and lois bukowski et al? we need to get our ladies certified and representing!

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