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Cox breaks new ground by refereeing Championship match

09 Mar 2018 14:31 | Sara Raine

DEVON official Sara Cox continued her impressive progress last weekend by becoming the first female to referee a Greene King IPA Championship match.

The 27-year-old took charge of the game between the Cornish Pirates at Doncaster Knights at Mennaye Field.

She is one of 10 centrally contracted referees by the RFU and previously was the first female to referee a National One fixture.

After last weekend’s game, she said: “I didn’t really know what to expect being the first time at that level. I didn’t really pay too much attention to the speed, I was more concentrating on the job at hand to be honest.”

Cox played rugby for Exeter Saracens, Cullompton and Plymouth Albion, but decided to take up refereeing at 17 years-old.

It is something she has never regretted and has had the chance to referee at the Olympic Games, the Womens’ Rugby World Cup and the Dubai World Sevens and this year will officiate at the Commonwealth Games in Australia and the Rugby World Cup Sevens in USA.

“Looking back on it now I think refereeing was the best choice as I don’t think I would’ve got to the Olympics or the Commonwealth Games as a player,” said Cox.