Hollie Davidson is excited to be “part of the rugby family” after she was named as Scotland’s first contracted female rugby referee.

The 24-year-old, who made her international refereeing debut on the World Rugby HSBC Sevens circuit earlier this year, will represent the governing body as a contracted referee, as part of Scottish Rugby’s commitment to developing Scottish match officials.

“I am delighted to join Scottish Rugby as a contracted referee, having made the transition from player to match official and enjoyed refereeing from the moment I picked up the whistle,” the former under-20 cap said.

“My focus next season will be on securing my position on the sevens circuit, and putting myself in contention for the top matches, while also developing within the 15-a-side game on a domestic level.”

“Refereeing rugby is completely different to playing, it is the type of involvement where you have to stay mentally sharp and on the button for 80 minutes.

“It keeps you involved in the game and match officials are often found in the clubhouse having conversations with teams after matches, as part of the rugby family. Although you are out on the park solo, there is a real team ethos among match officials, whether you are part of a referee society or go up through the ranks and become an elite referee, the support to succeed is available.”

She is currently appointed to several Rugby Europe Sevens tournaments across June and July and it is envisaged that Davidson will continue to officiate international sevens with a goal to be selected for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.

“Commitment to developing female referees”

Scottish Rugby’s Referee Commissioner Tappe Henning said: “As a result of our Women and Girls’ Referee Development Strategy, implemented at the start of the 2015/16 season, Hollie has developed her officiating on a number of national and international stages.

“Hollie’s playing background and knowledge of the game has seen her rise through the ranks while making an effective transition from player to referee.

“This appointment demonstrates our commitment to developing female referees and ensuring the growth of home-grown talent, as we strive to compete for more appointments at World Rugby tournaments and international competitions.”

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