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Claire Hodnett set to make Aviva Premiership Rugby history

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

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