Friday 26 April 2019

Joy Neville to take charge of first Six Nations Under-20 clash this evening when Scotland host Wales

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

Harry Clarke

Irish referee Joy Neville will take charge of her first Six Nations Under-20 game when she officiates Scotland v Wales in Meggetland this evening.

The Irish woman has made giant strides in recent years and became the first female to referee a Pro14 match last October when she took charge in Dragons' win over Zebre.

Following that performance, Neville received praise from referee Nigel Owens.

"Joy's emergence onto the elite group of officials is something that proves barriers are being broken down and the important thing to stress is that she is there fully on merit," said the Welshman at the time.

Neville will have fellow IRFU officials on the touchlines with Stuart Gaffikin and Robert O'Sullivan as assistant referees.

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