• Amy Perrett refereeing at the Women's Rugby World Cup in 2014 (Getty Images)
Amy Perrett will make history this weekend when she flies the assistant referee flag at the Melbourne Rebels and Stormers (Cape Town) clash in Melbourne.
By
Rachel de Bear

1 Jul 2016 - 3:00 PM  UPDATED 1 Jul 2016 - 3:01 PM

Super history making  

When she picks up her flag this weekend, Amy Perrett will be the first woman to do so in the history of Super Rugby. 

For Perrett, it'll be just another day at the office but the opportunity it provides for others is not lost on her. 

“I am really proud to be given this honour this weekend and I certainly hope this opens the door for more women to officiate the top level across rugby.

“I am really proud to be given this honour this weekend and I certainly hope this opens the door for more women to officiate the top level across rugby."

“I am just focused on doing my job to the best of my ability and will be joining a fantastic team of SANZAAR refs right across Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina who referee Super Rugby week in and week out.”

Perrettt became a full time professional referee earlier in 2016 sharing her time between Australian and NSW Rugby which was another step toward her Super Rugby debut. 

 

She's already achieved so much

Perrett is also the only Australian woman booked on the plane to Rio to referee the Olympic rugby 7s tournament and only one of Australia's two officiating representatives. 

And big matches are her forte. 

She refereed the final of the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup, the Women's Six Nations derby between England and France and also the finals of the women's international 7s series this year.

 

The pathway

Perrett came up through the ranks of the ARU’s Referee Pathways program and Scott Young, ARU's head of referees wants to see more. 

“We are immensely proud of Amy’s efforts to make her Super Rugby debut this weekend," Young said.

"The fact that she is making SANZAAR history is an added bonus as she is well and truly deserving of her position, considering her outstanding professionalism and her desire to constantly improve.

“We hope this will open up a clear pathway for women in our game who want to be a part of Rugby from an officiating capacity knowing that (like Amy) they can make it to the top of our sport.”

“We hope this will open up a clear pathway for women in our game who want to be a part of Rugby from an officiating capacity knowing that (like Amy) they can make it to the top of our sport.”

 

The Rebels v Stormers game is on Saturday July 2 at AAMI Park in Melbourne.  

 


 

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