Sara Cox 1st female to referee top-flight English rugby game

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Referee Sara Cox ahead of the rugby premiership match between Wasps and Northampton at The Ricoh Arena.

Referee Sara Cox ahead of the rugby premiership match between Wasps and Northampton at The Ricoh Arena. (Photo: AP)

LONDON (AP) — Sara Cox has become the first female to referee a top-level English rugby union match.

The 28-year-old Cox, who became the world's first female professional rugby referee in 2016, took charge of Northampton's 15-14 Premiership Cup victory at Wasps on Sunday.

Referee Sara Cox, center, during the rugby premiership match between Wasps and Northampton at The Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Photo/AP
Referee Sara Cox, center, during the rugby premiership match between Wasps and Northampton at The Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Photo/AP

Cox had previously refereed in the second and third tiers of English rugby.

An injury-time try by Mitch Eadie sealed a comeback win for Northampton which took the club to the top of Pool Three in the competition.

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