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Whilst there is the excitement of the Lions v All Blacks test series in June and July this year, there are a number of Women’s International Tests in New Zealand as countries finalise their preparation for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup (WRWC) to be held in Ireland in August. Finalising their preparations for the tournament are Australian referees Amy Perrett and Graham Cooper.
Perrett and Cooper are two of nine referees appointed by World Rugby for the tournament later this year. Both base selection off success refereeing at the Women’s 6 Nations earlier in the year and Cooper off a strong World Rugby u20s Championship in Manchester in June 2016.
“It has been really good. It is going to be awesome to experience any kind of World Cup, particularly with the women’s game getting bigger and better. It will be a great way to show off what I can do.”
Perrett will be refereeing New Zealand v England on 17 June (the curtain raiser for the Maori All Blacks v Lions test) and Cooper will be in charge of England v Canada on 13 June. The games are excellent preparation for both match officials and teams as they finalise their squads for the tournament.
This will be Perrett’s second Women’s Rugby World Cup and she is hoping to follow up on the success of four years ago where she controlled the final.
“With this one there is a perception of pressure. Last time I got to fly under the radar a little bit. I don’t want to do anything different as the things I have been doing seem to be working.”
The match officials arrive in Dublin on August 4. For the pool stages of the tournament they will be based at University College Dublin. The days are structured as game day, review day, day off, pre-match preparation and briefings day and then into the next game day. The competition has 3 pools of 4 with the top 4 overall moving through to the semi finals. The match official team move to Belfast for the semi and final. Both are back in Australia by the end of August to then move into the Buildcorp NRC.
Both Australian’s will know their initial appointments for the WRWC when they arrive in Ireland. We will be sure to keep you updated on how they perform and what it’s like as a match official in the preeminent women’s rugby tournament in the world.
For more information on WRWC go to: https://www.rwcwomens.com