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Former Ireland back row Joy Neville named to referee World Cup final

The Grand Slam winner ensures there will be an Irish voice on the field in the deciding match of the WRWC.

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A GRAND SLAM winner with Ireland in 2013, Joy Neville has been named to take charge of Saturday’s Women’s Rugby World Cup final between New Zealand and England in Belfast.

The former international, who wore the number eight jersey with great distinction until she hung up her boots a year before the 2014 World Cup, got back to the tournament as an official as she was named on a tournament panel of nine referees and five assistants. 

The Limerick woman has been installed as the lead official in the competition climax with Australia’s Graham Cooper and Scotland’s Hollie Davidson the assistant referees on touchline duty.

The same duo will be the assistant refs for Ireland’s 7th/8th place -play-off against Wales at the same venue (14.00), with England’s Claire Hodnett on the whistle.

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