This 34-year-old female referee from Spain is about to make international rugby history

On Saturday, October 14, Finland and Norway will contest a mid-level Conference 2 division rugby match.

But it is not the athletes, but the referee, who make this game extraordinary.

The match will be officiated by Alhambra Nievas, a 34-year-old from Spain — the first woman to ever referee a men’s rugby game in Europe, according to The Telegraph.

Nievas said: “It’s a real breakthrough as rugby is traditionally a male-dominated sport.”

Nievas has a wealth of experience being in charge of the whistle.

She was referee at a men’s Test match for USA versus Tonga in 2016, the first female match official to referee a men’s Test.

Later that year, she picked up the 2016 Referee of the Year gong at the World Rugby Awards.

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