Joy Neville named World Rugby Referee of the Year

Irish referee Joy Neville has been named World Rugby Referee of the Year at the World Rugby Awards in Monaco.

The Limerick referee was honoured at a gala awards dinner in Monte Carlo, capping off a monumental year for her personally.

Neville officiated at the Women’s Rugby World Cup final, refereed a senior men’s international game and became the first women to officiate in a Champions Cup game.

Accepting the award the former Ireland international player compared her achievements as an official to those she made during her playing days.

Neville spent ten years representing Ireland but called time on her playing career in 2013 after helping Ireland to a Grand Slam.