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Sara Cox has spoken of her pride ahead of becoming the first woman to referee a Premiership Rugby Cup match today.
Cox will take charge of Wasps’ Sunday afternoon clash at the Ricoh Arena with Northampton Saints on a weekend where four different women take senior roles in the Premiership Rugby Cup.
The match is a significant milestone for Cox but she insists she is approaching the game in the same way she would any other.
“I’m looking at it as another game that I need to make sure I’m best prepared for,” said Cox,
“For me it’s looking at the things that I need to be working on and making sure I’m well prepped for it.”
Cox is no stranger to refereeing at major events having officiated at the 2016 Olympic Games, 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens and says those experiences give her confidence as she progresses in her career.
“Being a referee for me is great, I love it. As I progress it’s for me to become my own person, to be my own referee and to make sure that I’m true to myself and, more than anything, true to the game.”
Cox is the RFU’s first centrally-contracted female referee and became the first woman to referee a game in the Greene King IPA Championship back in March.
She spoke of the support she has received from fellow referees, as well as others in the game.
“The reception from players and from teams has been very positive.
“I’m very much my own person, obviously working with some of the best referees in the world when I go to work is very helpful and I like to bounce ideas off them and they are very open to me doing that.”
'The best referee that I can possibly be'
As for what lies ahead, Cox says she is taking it one game at a time but has ambitions to officiate at the highest level.
“I want to make sure that I put myself in the best possible position for people to be able to look and say ‘wow, she’s really achieved some great things.’
“My ultimate aim is to be the best referee that I can possibly be and I want to get to the end of my career, whenever that may be, and say I gave 110%.”
In addition to Cox taking the whistle at the Ricoh, Claire Hodnett will be the TMO in Sunday’s live TV game as Harlequins take on Newcastle Falcons in frontof the BT Sport cameras at the Stoop.
And on Friday night, Clare Daniels will be an assistant referee in Bristol Bears’ clash with Gloucester Rugby at Ashton Gate, with Danae Zamboulis in the role of Citing Officer at Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors.