Saturday 7 December 2019

History-maker Neville happy to be 'anonymous'

Joy Neville officiating in Ulster’s clash with Southern Kings. Photo: Sportsfile
Joy Neville officiating in Ulster’s clash with Southern Kings. Photo: Sportsfile

Former Munster and Ireland captain Joy Neville has continued to make history in recent weeks when she became the first female referee to officiate in the Guinness PRO14.

The Limerick woman, current Munster and World Rugby Referee of the Year, commanded the whistle during Ulster's recent 59-10 win over Southern Kings at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast.

The 34-year-old previously commanded a European Challenge Cup game between Bordeaux-Bègles and Enisei-STM in December, after refereeing an international clash between Norway and Denmark in October.

Neville, who won 70 caps for Ireland and was a Grand Slam winner in 2013, was appointed to referee the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and England at the Kingspan Stadium last August.

She said: "I'm proud of refereeing the match in Belfast, you can surprise yourself sometimes and it definitely took a few days to settle in.

"It was wonderful and I'm so happy that I did it, I always say that when a referee remains anonymous they have a good day and I remained somewhat anonymous so I'm very thankful for that."

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Semi ties whet the appetite

The Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Senior Cup semi-finalists have been confirmed following an exciting round of quarter-final matches across the province.

Crescent College Comprehensive, Christian Brothers College, Presentation Brothers College and Glenstal Abbey secured their places in the semi-finals with impressive victories.

Crescent College overcame Rockwell College 27-20 at Rosbrien, while CBC advanced 58-17 against a gallant St Clement's at Temple Hill.

Holders PBC are through to the semi-finals following a 67-7 defeat of Ardscoil Rís at Irish Independent Park, as Glenstal Abbey recorded a 26-7 victory over Bandon Grammar at the Mardyke.

Glenstal will now face Crescent College at Markets Field in the semi-final and PBC will meet local rivals CBC in the other semi-final at Irish Independent Park with ties set to take place on Wednesday, January 28.

The final of the Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Senior Cup will take place on Sunday, March 18.

Semi-Final tickets: €8 adult, €5 juvenile (gate), €4 juvenile (pre-sale in schools)

For further information on the U-13 Girls' blitz competitions, please contact Geraldine Hicks on 086 387 2876.

Six make club squad

The Ireland Club XV squad has been confirmed for season 2017/18.

A total of six Munster club players have been selected with Neil Cronin (Garryowen), Jamie Gavin (Garryowen), James Kendrick (Cashel), Niall Kenneally (Cork Constitution), Joe McSwiney (Cork Constitution), and Colm Skehan (Young Munster) named.

The management team have selected a 31-man squad ahead of their games against their Scottish counterparts on the February 23 in Dubarry Park, Athlone, and in Netherdale in the Scottish Borders on the March 16.

Players from 14 different All Ireland League clubs across Division 1A, 1B and 2A, have been included in the squad by head coach Morgan Lennon and assistant coach Johne Murphy.

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