Referees announced for Dubai women's Sevens
The International Rugby Board has announced the referees for the first round of the inaugural IRB Women’s Sevens World Series (WSWS) tournament, which will take place in Dubai from November 30 to December 1.
USA Rugby boasts two members of the panel in Leah Berard (USA) and Dana Teagarden (USA) while there are also places for Gabriel Lee of Hong Kong, Amy Perrett from Australia and Spain’s Itziar Diaz.
In addition, the group will be supplemented by members of the men’s HSBC Sevens World Series referee panel, who will also take charge of some women’s matches.
The WSWS is set to take place in four global destinations, underscoring the IRB's commitment to the ongoing growth and development of Women's Rugby around the world and is another significant step in the journey to Rio 2016.
In a ground-breaking move, the inaugural global Series for the world's top Women's Sevens players will feature rounds in UAE (Dubai), USA (Houston), China (Guangzhou) and Netherlands (Amsterdam).
The system mirrors the men's Series, with each 12-team event featuring six core teams who will play across all four events and six teams who will be invited based on regional tournament rankings, reflecting the IRB's strategic aim to mix the top teams in the world with the best up and coming teams from each of the six IRB regions.
The IRB Women's Sevens World Series concept is in line with key strategic objectives set out in the IRB Women’s Rugby Plan, expanding the Women’s Sevens international competition model, particularly at the elite level of the Game.