Sara Cox to make history in Premiership this weekend

© PA Images Worcester Warriors v Bristol Bears – Gallagher Premiership – Sixways Stadium

History will be made this weekend as match official Sara Cox will become the first woman to referee a Premiership game.

Cox became the first female referee to be centrally contracted by the Rugby Football Union in 2016, and last year she was the first female assistant referee in English rugby’s top tier.

She will break new ground this weekend when she becomes the first woman to take charge of a Premiership league game.

Harlequins v Worcester game

The PA news agency understands Cox will officiate at Premiership champions Harlequins’ first home game of the season against Worcester at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday.

Premiership Rugby posted on Twitter: “Huge congratulations to @SaraCoxRef.

“She’ll become the first woman to referee a #GallagherPrem league game on Saturday. Continually making history.”

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