England will begin the defence of their Six Nations crown against Scotland this weekend.
The Red Roses have won four titles in a row and are looking for a fifth. Despite a record-breaking run of undefeated games, England fell to a heartbreaking loss in the final of the World Cup in the autumn.
Scotland are looking to improve upon their showing in last year’s Six Nations competition. The Scottish women finished in last place and took home the wooden spoon in 2022.
But it will be a tough ask as in the opening weekend of the tournament last year, England ran out 57-5 winners. The Red Roses only loss in the last year came against New Zealand in the World Cup final.
The match is being held at Newcastle Falcon’s ground Kingston Park
Here is all you need to know:
Who is the referee for England vs Scotland?
South African referee Aimee Barrett-Theron will have the whistle at Kingston Park, Newcastle, on Saturday (25 March) evening. She is a former professional rugby player, having played as a fullback, centre or fly-half during her career.
Barrett-Theron took up refereeing following her retirement and started in the World Rugby Sevens Women’s series. She made her test referee debut in 2017 in a World Cup qualifier between Japan and Fiji in Hong Kong.
She took charge of England’s world cup semi-final win over Canada in November 2022.
She will be joined by assistant Precious Pazani and Adele Roberts, with TMO duties overseen by Olly Hodges.