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Helen O’Reilly has become Ireland’s first top-level female referee in a move that could eventually see her officiate in Guinness Pro12 and European Champions Cup action. Press Association The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) has made O’Reilly the first female appointment to its National Referee Panel. The Women’s Rugby World Cup official has been hailed as one of the “top female referees in the world”, and will now step up to take charge at Ulster Bank League matches. “Helen’s appoinment is based solely on merit but as the first female referee to make the panel she must be congratulated,” said IRFU referee development director Owen Doyle. “Her hard work, dedication and strong refereeing performances have propelled her into the top handful of female referees in the world and into the national panel here in Ireland.” Nottingham solicitor Claire Hodnett earlier this year became England’s first female referee to join the Rugby Football Union national panel. Former Ashbourne RFC and St Mary’s RFC player O’Reilly has been refereeing for less than four years. After completing women’s Six Nations duties, O’Reilly was one of just two female northern hemisphere referees chosen for the summer’s Women’s Rugby World Cup held in France.
WILLIAM Troost-Ekong scored a dramatic late winner to send Nigeria into the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final at the expense of South Africa.Samuel Chukwueze hit the opener as he controlled Alex Iwobi’s cross, before scoring at the second attempt.Bongani Zungu equalised with a header initially ruled out for offside, before VAR replays showed a free-kick hit a Nigerian player on the way to him.But Udinese’s Troost-Ekong bundled home from close range late on to win it.His finish was into an empty net after goalkeeper Ronwen Williams totally missed Moses Simon’s corner.Nigeria face Ivory Coast or Algeria in Sunday’s second semi-final (20:00 BST).The Super Eagles were deserved winners and led through Villarreal youngster Chukwueze’s first goal for his country. They should have been ahead by more when Williams pushed Peter Etebo’s free-kick onto the bar.Zungu’s goal was the first in the Africa Cup of Nations given by the VAR, which has just been introduced for the quarter-finals. It looked offside initially but Percy Tau’s free-kick hit Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo on the way on to Amiens midfielder Zungu’s head.The game looked set for extra time before Williams flapped at a cross to leave Troost-Ekong with a simple finish.Senegal, who beat Benin 1-0 earlier yesterday, will play either Madagascar or Tunisia in the other semi-final.
Scrum-half Will Genia starts, as does Israel Folau and star openside flankers Michael Hooper and David Pocock.The former Leinster boss says it’s important his whole squad gets involvement in the tournament early on. Robbie Henshaw should be fit for the game having missed out against the Canadians.Meanwhile Australia head coach Michael Cheika plans to use all of his players in their opening two group games – before matches against England and Wales.He’s named a strong side to face Fiji on Wednesday.