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.
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.
Nicole Cronin, the inaugural Irish Women's Sevens Player of the Year in 2014, is looking to make an impact on her return to the green jersey at this weekend's Rugby Europe Women's Sevens Grand Prix Series in Kazan, Russia.
The Ireland Women's 15-a-side captain Niamh Briggs was part of the Irish Development team that won the Amsterdam 7s title recently. Next up is the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series in Kazan, Russia this weekend and then a shot at Olympic Sevens qualification at UCD on June 25-26.