Joyce Henry Joins IRB Women’s Referee Panel

Congratulations to Joyce Henry of Ottawa, who joins Sherry Trumbull (BC), Sarah Corrigan (Australia), Clare Daniels (England), Sylvie Bros (France), Gabriel Lee (Hong Kong), Nicky Inwood (New Zealand) and Dana Teagarden (USA)  the IRB’s inaugural Women’s Referee Panel. The panel was selected after  a detailed review of performances at Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010.

Supporting the Panel will be a development pathway that will standardise and structure performance management and preparations ahead of Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013, Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 and the Rugby Sevens tournaments at the 2016 Olympic Games.

The process will also ensure that the world’s top female referees will have regular opportunities to officiate international men’s and women’s matches.

“The IRB is committed to the growth and development of Women’s Rugby worldwide through our strategic plan and there are now more women and girls participating in the sport than ever before,” said IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset.

“The introduction of a dedicated female referee Panel and performance management structure is a milestone for the Women’s Game and will provide the opportunity and the environment for the world’s best to realise their potential, while ensuring that consistency of performance is of paramount importance.”

IRB Women’s Development Manager Susan Carty added: “This is a major development for the Women’s Game, which is continuing to go from strength to strength worldwide. Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010 set new standards for elite Women’s Rugby on and off the field and today’s announcement further underlines our commitment to increasing global standards.”

Henry is slated to officiate a men’s international between the Bahamas and Bermuda in April.