Rugby Union

Army Official To Be Part Of Women's Six Nations

The 2019 tournament will feature Army Nurse Nikki O'Donnell as a match official.

Nikki O'Donnell in action earlier this season. (Picture: Army Rugby Union)

Army Nurse Nikki O’Donnell has been chosen to be an official at the 2019 Women’s 6 Nations tournament.

The Nursing Officer is considered one of the top three female referees in England and has been officiating for the past six years.

The tournament begins in February and continues an impressive few months of international officiating for O’Donnell.

As well as the remembrance match between the UKAF team and South Africa, O’Donnell also refereed Wales against South Africa at Cardiff Arms Park.

She was also given the honour of being the woman in the middle for the 30th anniversary of the Women’s Varsity match earlier this month.

O’Donnell’s first match will be on the opening day of the tournament in Glasgow, Scotland. The Scottish team will take on Italy with O’Donnell in the referee role.

She will also be working in an assistant role during the tournament.

The first game is in Dublin as Ireland host France on March 9 with the second game coming eight days later in Cardiff when Wales play Ireland.