Former Ireland international player and captain, Joy Neville has been appointed to referee the final of the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup. The match will be between the New Zealand Black Ferns and the England Roses on Saturday (26th August) evening in Belfast.
Joy, who started refereeing in 2013 after amassing 70 playing caps including a Women’s Grand Slam, made history on two separate occasions throughout 2016 when she was assistant referee for the European Challenge Cup game between Bath and Bristol last season, making her the first female official in European rugby.
In Saturday’s final, she will be assisted by Scotland’s Hollie Davidson and Graham Cooper of Australia. The TMO will be Ireland’s Simon McDowell.
Congratulations to all the officials.