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Referee appointments: Clare Daniels to make Anglo-Welsh Cup history

Clare Daniels will once again make history this weekend when she becomes the first female assistant referee in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

The 42-year-old became the first-ever female fourth official in Premiership Rugby history back in September when Exeter Chiefs beat Bristol Rugby at Ashton Gate, and she returns to the south west on Sunday to officiate as Cardiff Blues descend on Sandy Park.

Daniels is already the world’s most capped female Test referee, having refereed numerous matches at Women’s Rugby World Cups and Six Nations, and before taking on a refereeing role with the RFU was a sports writer for the Bath Chronicle for seven years.

Click here for the latest fixtures and results from the Anglo-Welsh Cup

Luke Pearce will be the man in the middle for that clash, while elsewhere Christophe Ridley will referee Scarlets v Bath Rugby, Mike Hudson is at Ospreys v Harlequins, and Greg Macdonald will cast his eye over Bristol v Sale Sharks.

Mike Adamson will be at Allianz Park for Saracens v Newcastle Falcons, Andrew Jackson takes charge of Leicester Tigers v Newport Gwent Dragons and Northampton Saints v Gloucester Rugby will be refereed by Craig Evans.

Click here for the latest Anglo-Welsh Cup tables and an explanation of the format of the tournament

Scarlets v Bath Rugby

Referee: Christophe Ridley

Assistant Refs: Neil Jones, Richard Hughes

Ospreys v Harlequins

Referee: Mike Hudson

Assistant Refs: Chris Williams, Neil Perkins

Bristol Rugby v Sale Sharks

Referee: Greg Macdonald

Assistant Refs: Andrew Pearce, John Meredith

TMO: Keith Lewis

Saracens v Newcastle Falcons

Referee: Mike Adamson

Assistant Refs: Simon McConnell, Nigel Carrick

Leicester Tigers v Newport Gwent Dragons

Referee: Andrew Jackson

Assistant Refs: Steve Lee, Darryl Chapman

Northampton Saints v Gloucester Rugby

Referee: Craig Evans

Assistant Refs: Jack Makepeace, Wayne Falla

Exeter Chiefs v Cardiff Blues

Referee: Luke Pearce

Assistant Refs: Matthew O’Grady, Clare Daniels

TMO: Geoff Warren

Wasps v Worcester Warriors

Referee: Adam Jones

Assistant Refs: Paul Burton, Andy Watson

The second round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup kicks off this weekend. For full details of the tournament and tickets for the Final at the Twickenham Stoop on Sunday 19 March see www.new-heroes.com

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