Dana Teagarden, one of the most famous female rugby referees ended her career. Dana has refereed her last international match Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Prague, Czech Republic and Switzerland in the field for the Konektor Cup, which was also true as qualifying for the European Cup next October.
Dana Teagarden began playing rugby in 1988 , while studying at the United States Air Force Academy and also started refereeing at that time.
As a player, she reached the Division 1 Women’s Collegiate National Championship and was in the player pool for the USA Rugby Women’s National Team. However as a referee she has reached a much higher level!
Her international career began in 2006 with a U20 women’s match between England and Canada, later that same year she was chosen as a referee for the Women’s World Cup in Canada, where she refereed a match between Kazakhstan and South Africa. In 2007, she became the first woman to referee a men’s tournament in the Sevens World Series in San Diego. In 2009, she refereed at the Women’s World Cup Sevens in Dubai and in 2010, she became the first woman to referee a men’s international match in 15s, between Hong Kong and the Netherlands.
In 2010, she was one of the referees at the Women’s Rugby World Cup in London, where among other things, she refereed the match for third place match between Australia and France. Since then, she has refereed many other international matches for men and women and has been included in the “International Rugby Board’s panel of referees.” Congratulations to Dana for the fantastic career and good luck for the coming challenges that will have to support.
To see more photos of Dana at the Konektor Cup and more, go here.