The International Rugby Board named American Leah Berard as one of 17 officials named to a match official panel that will preside over 100 matches at the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow June 28-30. The world’s top 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams will showcase their credentials for Olympic qualification to the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at the sixth Rugby World Cup Sevens.
Utah rugby fans will remember Berard from last year’s Junior World Rugby Trophy hosted by Salt Lake City and Murray. She also was an official at the Hong Kong IRB Women’s Challenge Cup Final in March 2012, and served as an assistant referee in the HSBC Sevens World Series’ Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens Third Place match.
“I’m ecstatic to have been selected as one of seven female match officials worldwide to represent my country and women’s rugby,” Berard said in a USA Rugby press release. “I have benefited from much support and guidance through my refereeing journey to make it here. I will show appreciation to my entire global rugby family by giving nothing but my best performances at the Rugby World Cup Sevens.”