Helen O’Reilly becomes first female referee on IRFU National Panel

Helen O'Reilly 30/3/2014  Credit ¬©INPHO/Dan SheridanHelen O’Reilly has been appointed to the IRFU National Referee Panel

Her appointment comes on the back of her impressive performance in the Women’s Rugby World Cup an her ongoing development through Ireland’s interprovincial appointment system – which has seen her take charge of games at various levels throughout the country.

The IRFU National Referee Panel provides referees and officials for the Ulster Bank League as well as providing assistant referees and officials for matches in the GUINNESS PRO12 and European competitions.

Initially Helen will take charge of matches in Division 2A and 2B of the Ulster Bank League while she continues her development path.

Speaking about her appointment, IRFU Director of Referee Development Owen Doyle said: “Helen’s appointment is based solely on merit but as the first female referee to make the panel she must be congratulated. Her hard work, dedication and strong refereeing performances have propelled her into the top handful of female referees in the world and into the National Panel here in Ireland.”