Female rugby referee Perrett to officiate in Rio

Amy Perrett, the first female to stand as an assistant referee in Super Rugby, has been named as one of Australia's two representatives to officiate at the Rio Olympics.

Earlier this month, the 26-year-old ran the line in Melbourne Rebels' clash with Stormers.

Now, Perrett has been included in a global team of 28 officials as rugby sevens makes its bow at the Olympics.

"It has been a major goal since it was announced that rugby was going to be an Olympic sport in 2009, and now that it is only a few weeks away, it is so exciting," she told World Rugby's official site.

"It is the pinnacle of all sports and just being out with all those incredible athletes is something I will definitely always remember.

"We don't win any gold medals [as referees] but it is all about us being consistent and making sure it is a good spectacle for rugby to showcase to the whole world.

"I have exceeded any expectations that I kind of set for myself once I decided to make a career out of it.

"But I wouldn't have got where I am if there hadn't been girls breaking down barriers to start with - the girls who were the first to referee in a men's game or a Shute Shield game or whatever.

"That's got me to where I am and hopefully the next group of girls will be able to break down even bigger barriers and we can create a stronger pathway and greater equality for female officials."

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