Home Rugby Irish Referee Joy Neville Will Make History Next Month

Irish Referee Joy Neville Will Make History Next Month

Limerick native, Joy Neville, will continue to make history in her refereeing career when she takes to the field for the European Challenge Cup fixture between Bordeaux-Bègles and Enisei-STM. 

She will become the first woman to referee are European club rugby fixture when she officiates on the round four clash on December 15. 

This comes off the back of Neville refereeing a men’s international between Finland and Norway in the Conference 2 Division of Rugby Europe. Neville has taken charge of the women’s Rugby World Cup final between England and New Zealand recently and is also a regular assistant referee in the Champions Cup, Challenge Cup and Guinness PRO14. 

Neville also had a promising rugby career as a players, winning 70 caps for Ireland which included the famous Grand Slam triumph in 2013. Neville will now join Alhambra Nievas and England’s Sara Cox as full-time professional referees. 

She will officiate as an assistant referee at the Barbarians v Tonga game at Thomond Park (which you can watch live on punditarena.com/tv on Friday), and at the Spain v Canada and the France v Japan internationals later this month.


Join The Biggest Rugby Club in Ireland

The Heineken Rugby Club is bringing Ireland together over cold beers and big games. No matter which team you back, we’re all friends here. Become a member for access to match tickets, member discounts and rewards, exclusive events, and much more.
  • I agree to Heineken Rugby Club House Rules and Privacy Policy. Over 18's only.
Stream all 10 Sky Sports channels live with NOW TV. Grab a Day, Week or Month Pass here. No contract required.

About Sean McMahon

Sean is Head of Pundit Arena Rugby. Contact him on Twitter here: