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Sara Cox to be first female referee of a Premiership Rugby match

Rugby referee Sara Cox will make history this afternoon in Coventry as she becomes the first woman to officiate a match between two Premiership Rugby sides when Wasps take on Northampton Saints in the Premiership Rugby Cup.

Speaking ahead of the match, the 28 year-old told The Telegraph that sees herself as equally responsible for encouraging boys and men into refereeing as women.

At a time when the issue of how to increase female participation in sport is an ongoing concern, Cox’s views are striking.

“I want to make sure that I can do my best for the rugby community and keep encouraging women to be involved but also men as well,” she said.

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