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History is made as female referee takes charge of Northampton Saints' game

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English Rugby Union history was made during Northampton Saints' match on Sunday. Sara Cox became the first female official to referee a Premiership Rugby Cup game.

The Exeter-based official took charge of Saints' 15-14 Premiership Rugby Cup win at Wasps. Cox is the Rugby Football Union's first centrally-contracted female referee.

Last season, she controlled a game between Cornish Pirates and Doncaster in the Greene King IPA Championship.

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The 28-year-old is the first woman to referee in the second and third tiers of English men's rugby.

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