Skip to content
This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies. You can change your settings or learn more here.
Image: Inpho/Billy Stickland

More history beckons for Joy Neville as she prepares for Pro14 debut

The Limerick native was named the World Rugby Referee of the Year last year.
Feb 7th 2018, 10:45 PM 9,109 4

JOY NEVILLE IS about to make more history in her refereeing career, as she prepares to make her Pro14 debut this weekend.

It has been announced that she will officiate the clash between Ulster and the Southern Kings on Friday evening at Kingspan Stadium, making her the first female referee to do so.[Kick-off, 7.35pm].

The Limerick native, and former Ireland international, has made significant strides as a rugby referee, and 2017 was an exceptional year for her as she became one of the first female referees to take charge of a men’s international game.

She was also the first woman to referee a European professional club fixture, which was a Challenge Cup clash between Bordeaux-Bègles and Enisei-STM.

Additionally, Neville was awarded a professional contract by the IRFU, and also officiated the final of the Women’s Rugby World Cup.

Those landmark achievements in her career culminated in her being named the World Rugby Referee of the Year at the end of 2017.

The 42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!

Crescent post five tries to book their place in the Munster Schools semi-finals

Relentless Pres score 11 tries in emphatic quarter-final win over Ard Scoil

Send a tip to the author

Sinead Farrell


This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a comment

    cancel reply
    Back to top