Restelo Stadium, on Saturday, will be under the spotlight around the world. The match between the national rugby team and Italy, at 5 p.m., will be judged for the first time by an all-women refereeing team.
Scotsman Holly Davidson, captain of the trio on the field, will have the role of assistant Sarah Cox (England) and Aurelie Gruisselo (France). English Mrs. Claire Hodnett is serving as the Video Referee (TMO – Television Match Official).
This match also marks the first appearance of a referee in an official match in which a team from the Six Nations, in this case, Italy, will participate in the 14th place of the classification From the Rugby World Championships.
Leaving the international window in June would be another attraction. With the history (12 matches) between the two teams almost completely for the 15th Italian (10 victories), today the only Portuguese team that won (9-6) over the Azzurri, on March 25, 1973, in Coimbra, will be honored on the field with a commemorative plaque. Among them are Gaspar Ramos, former Benfica vice president, Raul Martins, son of former president Fernando Martins and Antonio Cardoso Pinto, father of Manuel Cardoso Pinto, one of the 23 wolves called up for this game that serves as a preparation for the tournament. Return to the 2023 World Cup in France.
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