Former International Rugby Captain & Current International Referee
Joy Neville is a former International Rugby Player and Ireland Captain. In 2016, following her successful career as a player, Joy became the first female referee to take charge of games in the Irish, Welsh, and Italian leagues. As well as this, Joy has refereed in some of professional rugby’s most prestigious competitions such the British and Irish Cup, the European Rugby Challenge Cup and the Pro14. Breaking the mold in a male dominated industry, Joy Neville was named World Rugby Referee of the Year in 2017.
Captaining the Irish Women’s Rugby team during the 2009 Women’s Six Nations Championship, Joy bravely led the team to their first win over France. Enjoying a highly successful international rugby career, Joy represented Ireland at the 2006 and 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cups. Joy was also a member of the Ireland Grand Slam winning team at the 2013 Women’s Six Nations Championship. In addition, she is also an Ambassador for Cliona’s Foundation & The Simon Community in Limerick.
Named World Referee of the Year 2017, Joy speaks knowlegably about diversity, inclusion, and breaking the mold in a male dominated environment. A regular contributor on the speaking circuit, Joy is a captivating and engaging speaker and a wonderful addition to panels in both sports and business arenas.
Diversity & Inclusion
Breaking the mold in a male dominated environment