12 Aug 2017
Aimee Barrett-Theron is in Dublin, not for the shopping in Grafton Street or sipping the dark waters of the Liffey, but to referee in the eighth Women's Rugby World Cup.
She is one of a group of referees from Australia, Canada, England, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and New Zealand. And with her is Cwengile Jadezweni, also of the Western Province Referees' Society who is there as an assistant referee.
Aimee had the honour to referee the very first match of the tournament when England played Spain. After that match, she wrote home.
"I honestly enjoyed every minute out there yesterday, from walking down the main steps onto the field to the close TMO decisions and then to just be surrounded by the world's best women's rugby players. The sun was shining throughout the game so I felt pretty comfortable as a South African!
"It was clear that the players wanted to play rugby and I was quite happy to 'keep my whistle in my pocket' and let it happen. There was some incredible skill on display and I'm sure it will only get better as the tournament continues.
"We're all staying on the campus here with the main fields just a few minutes away and so it's a great rugby atmosphere. The next rounds end on the 17th; so it's match reviews, training sessions and then the final preparation before we're out on the pitch again, and I'm really looking forward to it."