Sara Cox 1st female to referee top-flight English rugby game

Referee Sara Cox, center, during the rugby premiership match between Wasps and Northampton at The Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England, Sunday Nov. 4, 2018. (Nigel French/PA via AP)

Sara Cox has become the first female to referee a top-level English rugby union match

LONDON — Sara Cox has become the first female to referee a top-level English rugby union match.

The 28-year-old Cox, who became the world's first female professional rugby referee in 2016, took charge of Northampton's 15-14 Premiership Cup victory at Wasps on Sunday.

Cox had previously refereed in the second and third tiers of English rugby.

An injury-time try by Mitch Eadie sealed a comeback win for Northampton which took the club to the top of Pool Three in the competition.

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