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Referees make history as first women to officiate NRL matches

Referees Belinda Sharpe and Kasey Badger will make history this week when they become the first female match officials to solo referee NRL games.

Sharpe will referee the Sea Eagles-Wests Tigers game on Friday night, while Badger will referee the Titans-Bulldogs match on Sunday – the first time in the code’s history a woman has been the only match referee.

Belinda Sharpe will become one of the first women to referee an NRL match.Credit: NRL Photos

Sharpe has refereed eight NRL matches under the two-referee system and has been a touch judge in 195 NRL games, while Badger has been a touch judge in 161 NRL games and officiated as a bunker review official in 43 matches.

It has been a long time coming for both Sharpe and Badger, who have officiated in the NRLW, women’s State of Origin and the Rugby League World Cup for more than four years.

NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said it was a great achievement.

“Kasey and Belinda are professionals and have shown dedication and discipline in…

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