Perrett to become Super Rugby's first female assistant referee


Australia's Amy Perrett will make history on Saturday by becoming the first woman to officiate as an assistant referee in Super Rugby.

Perrett, recently announced as one of Australia's two refereeing representatives for the Rio Olympics, will make her debut in Melbourne Rebels' home game against the Stormers at AAMI Park.

Australian Rugby Union (ARU) head of referees Scott Young said: "We are immensely proud of Amy's efforts to make her Super Rugby debut this weekend.

"The fact that she is making SANZAAR [the body which runs Super Rugby and the Rugby Championship] history is an added bonus as she is well and truly deserving of her position, considering her outstanding professionalism and her desire to constantly improve.

"We hope this will open up a clear pathway for women in our game who want to be a part of rugby from an officiating capacity knowing that, like Amy, they can make it to the top of our sport."

Perrett added: "I am really proud to be given this honour this weekend and I certainly hope this opens the door for more women to officiate at the top level across rugby.

"I am just focused on doing my job to the best of my ability and will be joining a fantastic team of SANZAAR refs right across Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina who referee Super Rugby week in and week out."

Perrett has previously refereed the Women's Rugby World Cup final, in addition to officiating in the Women's Six Nations.