Sara Cox: Premiership’s first feminine referee says she is going to by no means replicate historic second

Sara Cox made history by becoming the first female to take charge of a Premiership game
Sara Cox made historical past on Saturday by turning into the primary girl to referee a Premiership sport

Sara Cox says she is going to by no means once more expertise something just like the second she turned the Premiership’s first feminine referee on Saturday.

“I wasn’t actually ready for what was about to occur – the response from folks,” Cox instructed BBC Radio 5 Dwell.

“It’s one thing I do not suppose I’ll ever replicate.”

It isn’t the primary time Cox has made historical past as she turned the world’s first skilled feminine rugby union referee in 2016.

The Devonian was the primary girl to take cost of a sport between two top-tier sides when Northampton beat Wasps within the Premiership Cup in 2018.

Within the league, Cox had initially been chosen to referee Worcester’s sport in opposition to Gloucester in June, however the fixture was cancelled due to Covid-19.

‘They referred to as me sir, then corrected themselves’

When she ultimately took the reins at Twickenham Stoop, she handed out one yellow card to Warriors winger Noah Heward for an aerial problem on Tyrone Inexperienced.

Cox stated it was “a great day within the workplace” given there was little discuss her choices post-match.

However she added that gamers had been initially confused about what to name her as a result of the standard customized in rugby is to handle the referee as ‘sir’.

“I had a few them appropriate themselves,” she defined.

“They stated sir, then ‘oh, hold on. Ref’. I feel they labored out themselves they needed to name me ‘ref’.

“It would not trouble me. I am nonetheless glad for somebody to open a line of communication with a respectful phrase firstly. It isn’t about gender for me.”

Cox added that gamers and workers marked the historic event together with her after the match.

“Each captains came visiting with a signed shirt for me on the finish,” she stated.

“Each single participant and the teaching workers from each side congratulated me afterwards. That was superb that we had that respect.”

Cox will now return to refereeing within the Championship, however hopes to take cost of one other Premiership sport in a future spherical.

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