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Female referees in the Aviva Premiership?
ESPN Staff
July 27, 2014

It is only a matter of time before there are women referring in the Premiership, according to Tony Spreadbury, head of the RFU's professional game match officials.

With three female English referees - Sara Cox , Clare Daniels and Claire Hodnett - participating in the IRB Women's World Cup, which starts at the end of the week, Spreadbury told the Rugby Paper the appointments "reflects wonderfully on the standard of women's officiating in England.

"Daniels is an assistant at Championship level and now we've combined the Championship and Premiership as one professional refereeing unit, hopefully she'll move on and there's every possibility she'll get a Premiership appointment."

Daniels made headlines in 2008 as the first woman to referee a National League game, and she told the paper she was excited by the prospect of further progress. "It's pinch-your-arm stuff really but Premier League football already has a female assistant in Sian Massey and that's a real inspiration. Female officials are not the novelty they once were and my aim is to go as high as I can.

"It was a hell of an achievement to referee in the National Leagues and then become the first assistant in the Championship.To go one better is the goal but there are a lot of good assistants out there and it's very competitive."

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