Alhambra Nievas: Female referee hopes to ‘create a pathway’ for other women

Alhambra Nievas says she hopes to “create a pathway” for other women after becoming the first female referee to take charge of a men’s rugby international in Europe.

The Spaniard officiated Finland’s 15-8 victory over Norway in the Rugby Europe Championship on 14 October in Helsinki.

Ireland’s Joy Neville will oversee Norway against Denmark on 28 October.

“If this is only one game, or once a season, it’s not going to work,” Nievas told BBC World Service.

“It must be the start of a real pathway for women’s refereeing and for more and more women.

“To be the first is not the most important thing, the important thing is that appointments are by merit and not considering gender.”

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