Ashleigh Murray the Glenvista native will be officiating in the Women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series starting on October in Paris.
World Rugby said that further specific tournament allocations will be announced later on this year.
Murray will be a part of the women’s circuit which will start in Paris in October, followed by Hong Kong, Dubai and Cape Town.
“This is good reward for them, delivering consistency in excellence over the last couple of seasons,” said Yantolo refers to Murray and the other South African referees appointed..
“It is also a good reminder for our internal structures that we are doing things right and a good motivation for all involved to keep delivering our best efforts.
“To be rated among the best referees on the international stage is a big feat, and this is a just reward for all their hard work and discipline. We want to congratulate them and wish them the best of luck, I am confident they will represent us well.” he added in the interview.
This will be Murray’s third year officiating in the World Series as her career continues to grow.
“I grew interested in rugby while still at school. I attended the live games at Ellis Park with my dad. Although I enjoyed watching rugby I didn’t understand it because I didn’t know the laws.
“My dad jokingly suggested I try refereeing to help learn about the game. I then started the next year and have never looked back,” said Murray, who had at that stage strong connections with the Alberton Rugby Club.
The young referee has also noted in interview that Nigel Owens has been her role model for years saying: “When on the field, he demands respect from the players while still being empathetic towards them.
“He is also one of the oldest referees on World Rugby’s panel but is still the best in the world. In 2013 I was also his assistant in the test match between the All Blacks and Springboks.”