Australian rugby’s first female referee retires after 48 years of service

NSW Rugby’s longest serving employee, Robin Timmins OAM, has retired from rugby after serving the game for close to five decades. During her 48 year career, Timmins broke a number of barriers within the sport, becoming Australia’s first ever female rugby referee and the first women in NSW Rugby’s 148 year history to receive an Honorary Life Membership. In 2013, Timmins received both the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) and an IRB Development Award for her contributions to the rugby community. “Robin is one of rugby’s living legends, up there with (Ken) Catchpole and (Nick) Farr-Jones. Her passion for the game and the respect she commands from the Club Rugby community through to World Rugby is unique,” NSW Rugby Executive Director Bruce Worboys said. “I have been honoured to work with Robin over the last 20 years and look forward to joining her in the stands as she supports her beloved Eastwood for many years to come.” After marrying a rugby referee, Timmins jo
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