Hollie Davidson is set to make history as the first woman to serve as an assistant referee in the men’s Six Nations tournament.
This season, Scotland’s Hollie Davidson will achieve a historic feat as the first female official to serve as an assistant referee in a men’s Six Nations match.
World Rugby has announced that the 31-year-old has been selected as an assistant for England’s upcoming match against Wales at Twickenham on February 10th. Alongside him will be assistant official Ben O’Keeffe, while the referee position will be filled by James Doleman, a New Zealander.
In 2022, Davidson was the referee for the final match of the Women’s World Cup between England and New Zealand. This year, he also served as an assistant referee in three warm-up matches for the men’s World Cup, one of which was between England and Fiji.
“I am incredibly grateful and humbled to have been selected as one of the assistant referees for the 2024 Guinness Six Nations,” said Davidson in an interview with the Scottish Rugby Union website. “Being the first female official from Scotland to receive this opportunity is a tremendous source of pride for me.”
“I am greatly anticipating being a part of this renowned global event, and I am eager to kick off 2024 at this thrilling tournament.”
The highly anticipated Six Nations match between France and Ireland in Paris on February 2nd will be officiated by English referee Karl Dickson.