Kenyan referee Peris Mukoko breaking the ceiling in African rugby

Peris Mukoko

Peris Mukoko is a trailblazer in the world of officiating and rugby education in the African continent. It all started with a quick game of touch rugby for a then high school girl in the year 2005 at Saint Mary's school in Nairobi then coached by Paul Odera (current Kenya U20 head coach). Which saw Peris Mukoko fall in love with the odd shaped ball.

She went ahead to captain the school rugby girls at high school level and also played for the National women rugby team. Fast forward years later Peris is one of the female rugby referees trailblazing in officiating the game of rugby in the African continent.

In the year 2014, she went through a month-long training at the Maties Referee Academy and was attached to the Kwa Zulu Natal Rugby Union. She is also the first female certified World rugby licensed educator in Kenya and the third in Africa.

The level 2 rugby referee has officiated top-level rugby games in Kenya Cup and the local Sevens rugby sevens circuit and regional rugby tournaments. Peris was tasked with the duties of the center referee in the Confederation of Africa women's sevens tournament held in Harare...

In 2016 the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) nominated her as one of the leading referees in the continent. Peris who is also a level 3 world rugby educator means she is involved in training and mentorship for both referees and educators.

For the lady who has been active in rugby for over decade now admits that there is an increase in the number of more women and girls getting into rugby which has been dominated by men over the years.

" It been an interesting experience, lots of high moments and lots of low moments as well, but rewarding. I have an exceptional support system from my siblings, mentors and my partner who happened to be the then school Rugby captain at St Mary's school where my rugby playing started."

In her capacity as a rugby educator certified by World rugby entails working in conjunction with the Kenya Rugby Union. 


Recently Peris alongside other sports federation conducted a level one match course targeting Kenya Secondary school association stakeholders which includes World Rugby core values and introduction to officiating training workshop in the northern part of Kenya.

Such training has proved key in improving the standards of officiating and understanding the game of rugby.

"I focus on the overall objective because at the end of the day it is a matter of mentoring the young generation to know that glass ceilings were broken before for them in order to make the path smoother; because Rugby is a game for all and a sport for all."

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