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Referees announced for Six Nations Under-20s

Referees announced for Six Nations Under-20s

Referees announced for Six Nations Under-20s

Sara Cox will head the first of four all-female officiating crews in the Under-20s Six Nations after World Rugby announced their appointments for the Championship.

Cox will take charge of Ireland’s home game against Wales in Round 1 on February 4 and she will be supported by assistants Maria Beatrice Benvenuti and Maria Giovanna Pacifico.

Julianne Zussman, Cox, Nikki O’Donnell and TMO Claire Hodnett team up the Round 2 clash between Wales and Scotland, while Hollie Davidson is on the whistle for France v Ireland and Aurelie Groizeleau takes charge of Italy v England on the same day.

In Round 3, Joy Neville and Groizeleau will oversee defending champions England against Wales with another all-female line-up led by Clara Munarini in Edinburgh for Scotland v France.

Aimee Barrett-Theron will take charge of Italy v Scotland in Round 4, where she’ll be supported by Neville, who switches to TMO. In the final round of matches, Zimbabwe’s Precious Pazani will team up with Barrett-Theron as assistants for France v England.

Elsewhere on the opening weekend, Benoit Rousselet will blow the whistle when Scotland face England, while Eoghan Cross will be in Mont-de-Marsan for France against Italy.

Aled Evans will oversee Ireland’s Round 3 clash with Italy, while Shota Tevadze will preside over Wales v France and Damian Schneider will referee England v Ireland in Round 4.

Schneider is back in the middle for Wales v Italy a week later, while Federico Vedovelli (Ireland v Scotland) and Adriaan Jacobs (France v England) complete the Championship.