The 2002 Women's Rugby World Cup sees the appointment of official female referees for the first time.
In the last World Cup in Amsterdam in 1998, there were two assistant referees in the shape of Carlyn Warren from Australia and Sarah Stanley of England.Although the duo were given an opportunity to referee one game each, this time around there are five fully-fledged referees.Stanley returns for her second World Cup and is joined by Canada's Josy Ferraro, USA's Grace Gavin, Nicky Inwood of New Zealand and Veronique Dullier of France. There are also three female assistant referees, England's Debbie Innes and Georgina Perrott as well as Rachel Allan from Switzerland.
The female contingent wil be boosted by appearances from the more familiar and IRB Panel referees from the men's game, Joel Jutge of France, Wales' Nigel Williams and Giulio De Santis of Italy. The ironically named Andrew Ireland of Scotland, who is yet to make it on to the IRB Panel, will also be refereeing.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt praised the squad's 'immense character' following the 27-24 GUINNESS Series success against Australia. Meanwhile, captain Rory Best reflects on 'an emotional day' as he made his 100th appearance for his country.
Irish Rugby TV brings you a behind the scenes look at Ireland's final GUINNESS Series game against Australia. Joe Schmidt's men marked captain Rory Best's 100th cap with a superb 27-24 victory over the Wallabies.
Saturday's GUINNESS Series clash with Australia marks Michael Kearney's last game as Ireland team manager. We spoke to him about five memorable years in the role. Watch out for a couple of special cameos!
Dick Spring, Chairman of Ireland's RWC 2023 Bid Oversight Board, and Bid Ambassador Brian O'Driscoll speak about their excitement at officially launching Ireland's bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023. #Ireland2023
We're ready to create something legendary. A showcase for rugby nations old and new. A tournament that will grow the game globally, promote the values, spirit and ethos of rugby and will capture the world's imagination. #Ireland2023 - Liam Neeson gives voice to Ireland's bid to host Rugby World Cup 2023.
Tickets are now on sale for the first ever Women's November International Series to be held in the UCD Bowl. Kids go free with any adult tickets. Ireland will face world champions England, top ranked Canada and the Black Ferns of New Zealand.
Tournament Director Garrett Tubridy sets the scene for an exciting weekend of rugby at UCD where 16 Women's Sevens teams will battle it out at for one qualifying spot for the Rio Olympics. Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.ie/sevens.
Tadhg Furlong reflects on a disappointing day for Ireland against South Africa. However, he will take positives from his first Test start and be ready to build for the final match of the series in Port Elizabeth.
Paddy Jackson is preparing for Ireland's second Test against South Africa on Saturday (kick-off 5pm local time/4pm Irish time). The Ulster out-half has been checking out Ellis Park in advance of the match.