World Rugby has today confirmed that Hollie Davidson (Scotland), Aimee Barrett-Theron (South Africa), Maggie Cogger-Orr (New Zealand) and Joy Neville (Ireland) will take charge of the Rugby World Cup 2021 quarter-finals this weekend.

Eight teams remain in the tournament following a thrilling climax to the pool phase last weekend.

Hollie Davidson will take charge of the first quarter-final between France and Italy at 16:30 local time (GMT+13) at Northland Events Centre in Whangārei on Saturday, 29 October. In what will be her 25th test match, Davidson will referee the fixture for the second time, having overseen France’s 45-10 victory in the 2020 Women’s Six Nations.

Aimee Barrett-Theron will then oversee New Zealand v Wales at 19:30, taking charge of a match involving the host nation for the second time in the tournament following their 41-17 win over Australia on the opening day.

On Sunday, 30 October at Waitākere Stadium in Auckland, Maggie Cogger-Orr, who refereed the opening match of RWC 2021, will take charge of the third quarter-final between England and Australia at 13:30.

RWC 2017 final referee Joy Neville will then officiate the last quarter-final of the weekend when Canada again face USA at 16:30. It will be the first time Neville referees this fixture since July 2016 when Canada won 33-5.


The four teams emerging victorious this weekend will meet in the semi-finals at Eden Park on Saturday, 5 November, while the Rugby World Cup 2021 journey will end for the four losing teams.

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