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Joy Neville To Become The First Woman To Officiate At A Men's Rugby World Cup.

Image: INPHO/Billy Stickland

The Limerick native will be officiating in France.

Joy Neville is to make history at this year’s Rugby World Cup in France.

The Limerick native will become the first woman to officiate at the men’s edition of the World Cup.

Neville will be among the television match officials in France, a role she occupied during the Six Nations.

Andrew Brace is among the referees confirmed for the tournament, Chris Busby is among the assistants, and Brian MacNeice joins Neville on the TMO panel.

Commenting on Neville’s appointment, World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: “We would like to congratulate Joy on her TMO appointments. As part of World Rugby’s transformational women’s strategy, we are committed to accelerating development of women in rugby through diversifying and normalising women in leadership positions, both on and off the field.

“Joy, like all the appointed referees, has earned this opportunity and we look forward to watching the referee panel back out officiating the game at the highest level.”

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