World Rugby has announced the match official appointments for the Women’s 6 Nations 2018, which kicks off on Friday, 2 February.
Following a ground-breaking year for women’s rugby on and off the field, there is huge anticipation ahead of what promises to be a hugely competitive tournament.
World Rugby referee of the year and Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 final referee Joy Neville will take charge of two matches, Scotland v England and France v England – a repeat of the gripping Ireland 2017 semi-final, which set a women’s rugby broadcast record of over three million.
In total, 12 of the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 match official team are selected for 6 Nations duty, including Spain’s Alhambra Nievas who took charge of the women’s rugby sevens final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Scotland’s Hollie Davidson makes her 6 Nations refereeing debut following strong performances in both sevens and 15s.
The selection was made after a comprehensive review of refereeing performances by the World Rugby Match Officials Selection Committee at its recent meeting in South Africa.
World Rugby High Performance 15s Match Official Manager Alain Rolland said: "Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 saw excellent standards of match officiating by a team of well-prepared match officials.
“We now bounce into the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup cycle with a 6 Nations selection that features a strong blend of world class international experience and the best emerging talent. All have earned their selection on performance and merit.”