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Ingwood Called Up To Referee At Third Women's World Cup

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Ingwood Called Up To Referee At Third Women's World Cup

Wellington, Dec 17 NZPA - Canterbury referee Nicky Ingwood has been picked to blow the whistle at her third successive women's rugby World Cup -- this time for next year's in England.

Ingwood will be among 10 of the world's top female referees included in the panel of 11 match officials for the tournament from August 20.

Ingwood, who officiated in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups in Spain and Canada respectively, has also run games at the 2006/07 European Six Nations championship.

She currently referees men's senior Div 2 games in the Christchurch Metro competition and women's representative matches.

New Zealand Rugby Union high performance referee manager Lyndon Bray said Ingwood's World Cup appointment was "fantastic for her".

"It is a huge vote of confidence for our most experienced female referee to go back for another World Cup," Bray told NZPA. "Nicky is very competent, very experienced."

The other referees named by the International Rugby Board (IRB) are Sarah Corrigan (Australia), Clare Daniels (England), Joyce Henry (Canada), Lee Wing Yi Gabriel (Hong Kong), Dana Teagarden (USA) and Sherry Trumbull (Canada).

They will be joined by David Keane (Ireland), Andrew McMenemy (Scotland), S©bastien Minery (France) and Javier Mancuso (Argentina) within the selection of 11 referees.

The match official panel will also feature three specialist assistant referees with previous women's wugby World Cup match officials Debbie Innes (England) and Kerstin Ljungdahl (Germany) joined by Barbara Guastini (Italy).

"The selection of 10 female match officials represents the increasing depth of refereeing talent within international women's rugby," IRB referee manager Paddy O'Brien, a New Zealander, said.

"This selection represents a great opportunity for referees who have proven themselves on the women's international scene to showcase their ability in the premier women's rugby tournament. "

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