Taking to the field in the opening match in Ireland was the defending champs England with a 10-try victory over Spain. With whistle in hand, Aimee Barrett-Theron, the only South African referee on the panel of 14. What an honour and milestone in her career.

Aimee keeps breaking new ground after being the first female referee to take charge of a men’s match in a domestic competition. She has even taken center stage in the popular FNB Varsity Cup. There is no stopping to her rugby journey.

Another familiar face would be The Roses number 2, Heather Kerr, who represented the Cape Town Rugby Club, Union Milnerton in 2016 while she was in the Mother City! Congratulations on the amazing opportunity to represent your country!

Fans were treated to tries, thrills and touch resilience as well as some very special moments! New Zealand, France, England and USA lead the race for semi-final spots, however don’t count out the host nation Ireland and Canada as they have gone unbeaten after two rounds.

Wishing all the teams best of luck in the 2017 World Cup.