Six Nations beckons for Rebecca Mahoney     20 Dec 2018    

In September Mahoney became the first New Zealand female referee to officiate a first class men’s fixture in the Heartland Championship.

Mahoney will take charge of the Scotland v Wales and Italy v France Tests in March next year.

New Zealand Rugby’s National Referee Manager Bryce Lawrence congratulated Mahoney on her appointment.

“These appointments are thoroughly deserved and top off what has been a fantastic year for Rebecca.

“Being able to witness her development as a referee has been special, she is a hard working, commited member of our National Squad and it does not surprise us to see her named among the best female referee’s in the world.

“Rebecca is a trail blazer; she demonstrates the pathways and incredible opportunities on offer not only for former players who pick up the whistle but anyone who gets involved in refereeing,” said Lawrence.

World Rugby Match Officials Selection Committee Chair Anthony Buchanan said the team of match officials appointed for the Women’s Six Nations Championship 2019 has a good blend of experience combined with six referees making their debuts in this competition. 

"With the recent selection of New Zealand as hosts for the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 we are already hard at work developing the pathway to unsure we have the most highly competitive and experienced squad of match officials possible in 2021, and the Women’s Six Nations Championship forms a key part of this preparation,” said Buchanan.

In 2018 Mahoney officiated sevens at the Commonwealth Games and Rugby World Cup Sevens, took charge of the Farah Palmer Cup Final and two Test matches in Europe in November. She was one of three nominees for Referee of the Year at the ASB Rugby Awards.