Claire Hodnett set to make Aviva Premiership Rugby history
Claire Hodnett will become the first female TMO in Aviva Premiership Rugby history when she helps officiate Newcastle Falcons’ clash with Gloucester Rugby in Round 9.
Hodnett, who was the first female official to join the RFU’s national panel of referees in 2014 and refereed at her second Women’s Rugby World Cup last summer, will be working in conjunction with JP Doyle and his assistants Tim Wigglesworth and Peter Allan as the Falcons and Gloucester meet in front of the BT Sport cameras on Friday night.
Elsewhere, on Sunday, Christophe Ridley takes charge of his first Aviva Premiership Rugby game when he referees London Irish’s meeting with Wasps.
Irish will go looking for their first victory over Wasps since February 2014 and former Leicester Tigers academy man Ridley will make his debut with Hamish Smales and Nigel Carrick as his assistants.
Saracens and Exeter Chiefs also meet at 3pm on Sunday in another clash broadcast live on BT Sport, and Ian Tempest is the man in the middle.
On Saturday, Craig Maxwell-Keys is the referee for Bath versus Harlequins at the Rec and Greg Macdonald has the whistle for Leicester Tigers’ clash with Worcester Warriors.
Meanwhile, former Harlequins scrum-half Karl Dickson officiates his second Aviva Premiership Rugby match as he oversees Sale Sharks against Northampton Saints.
Friday 24 November
Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester Rugby
Kingston Park, 7.45pm – Live on BT Sport
Referee: JP Doyle (141st Aviva Premiership Rugby game)
Assistant referees: Tim Wigglesworth & Peter Allan
TMO: Claire Hodnett
Citing Commissioner: Andy Blyth
Saturday 25 November
Bath Rugby v Harlequins
The Rec, 12.45pm
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (41st Premiership game)
Assistant referees: Andrew Jackson & Philip Watters
TMO: David Rose
Citing Commissioner: Chris Catling
Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors
Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons
Welford Road, 3pm
Referee: Greg Macdonald (5th Premiership game).
Assistant referees: Jack Makepeace & Simon McConnell
TMO: Keith Lewis
Citing Commissioner: John Byett
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints
AJ Bell Stadium, 5.30pm
Referee: Karl Dickson (2nd Premiership game)
Assistant referees: John Meredith & Wayne Falla
TMO: Trevor Fisher
Citing Commissioner: Pete Larter
Sunday 26 November
London Irish v Wasps
Madejski Stadium, 3pm
Referee: Christophe Ridley (1st Premiership game)
Assistant referees: Hamish Smales & Nigel Carrick
TMO: Stuart Terheege
Citing Commissioner: Dave Guyan
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs
Allianz Park, 3pm – Live on BT Sport
Referee: Ian Tempest (37th Premiership game)
Assistant referees: Anthony Woodthorpe & Roy Maybank
TMO: David Sainsbury
Citing Commissioner: Buster White