Hollie Davidson to referee Saturday’s World Cup Final

Scottish whistler will take charge of England versus New Zealand clash

Hollie Davidson will referee Saturday's World Cup Final in New Zealand. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Hollie Davidson will referee Saturday's World Cup Final in New Zealand. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

SCOTLAND’S Hollie Davidson will referee the 2021 Rugby World Cup Final between England and New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday.

“It’s a very proud moment to be appointed to referee the final. [It’s a] thing that you dream of, but you never know if they will come to fruition,” said the Aboyne-born whistler, after this latest career highlight in a year packed with significant milestones.

“Back in September 2021, we set out a plan of how the year would look and what we wanted to achieve, and the end goal was to put myself in a position to referee the World Cup Final; to think it’s now happening is crazy,” she added.


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“I’ve done my first Tier 1 men’s test fixture, refereed the 7’s World Cup Final and now to do the 15’s World Cup final, I genuinely don’t think any year will ever live up to this one.

“I’ll try and keep the week as normal as possible, and try to remember, it’s just a game of rugby!” she added “The excitement is there for sure, but I don’t think it will fully sink in until after the game is done. I’ll then be able to fully reflect and appreciate the achievement.”


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15 Comments

  1. Great achievement Hollie, enjoy the final, keep working hard, Scotland has some of the best rugby referees in the world. No doubt you’ll achieve more in years to come.

  2. Totally deserved. Every time I’ve seen HD officiate she has been excellent, in control of the game, the players respond positively and play has flowed. Can’t be better than that.

  3. Well done Hollie, keep being concise & consistent, these attributes serve you well 🏉👍🙂

  4. Easily, Scotland’s best referee currently and hopefully, Hollie can go on to be the first woman to referee the final of the men’s game. Well done

  5. Very well done to Hollie. Always enjoy watching how she manages to control everybody and also lets a game flow

  6. Well done Hollie Davidson, first saw you refereeing Cyprus v Malta a bout 2years ago. Hard work gets you there well done.

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