Joy Neville

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Chris Busby awards Ospreys a penalty during the Guinness Pro 14 game against Leinster at the RDS. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

We all know that a week is a long time in politics. Well, it seems it can be a very short time in rugby. Extraordinary events in Exeter, an epic enco(...)

Referee Romain Poite awards Ireland a late penalty during the Six Nations game against Scotland at Murrayfield. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The huge sense of relief could be felt all the way from Murrayfield. Thanks to a mighty maximum-pressure penalty from Johnny Sexton, Ireland snatched(...)

Referee Wayne Barnes shows Ireland flanker Peter O’Mahony a red card during the Six nations game against Wales at the Principality Stadium  in Cardiff. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Jotting down a few words on Saturday evening, I noted how enjoyable and exciting the rugby had been. By 5pm on Sunday all had changed, utterly. Cardi(...)

Veteran broadcaster Pat Kenny had the audacity to read Gordon D’Arcy’s column live on Newstalk last Thursday morning without crediting the media outle(...)

 Scotland’s Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg celebrate after beating England at Twickenham. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

England 6 Scotland 11 When a rivalry has been maturing for 150 years, the taste of success is always intoxicating. For Scotland this was as special a(...)

Ireland’s Joy Neville is the first woman to officiate (as TMO) in a Tier One Test match. File photograph: Inpho

Twickenham provided a strange affair. The first half gave us a kicking duel, with neither team showing any appetite to play an expansive game. The sec(...)

Dan Leavy in action on his Leinster return against Zebre during the Guinness Pro 14 game against Zebre at the RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 63 Zebre 8 Dan Leavy had to make do with a few slaps and pats from team-mates rather than the roar of approbation that would have greeted hi(...)

Ireland’s Nora Stapleton, Ashleigh Baxter and Niamh Briggs celebrate at the final whistle. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In February the tweeters among them came alive. Not about rugby or to remember Marcoussis. One by one they sent love to their former coach over in Con(...)

Harlequins’ Ireland international Anna Caplice of Harlequins is tackled by Niamh Byrne of Leinster during the  game at Twickenham. Photograph:  Christopher Lee/Getty Images for Harlequins

Harlequins’ 47-26 victory over Leinster in the first ever women’s club match played at Twickenham contained 11 tries and entertained those of the 7,60(...)

Gráinne Crabtree after taking charge of her first AIL game between Seapoint and Bruff in November 2018.

When Gráinne Crabtree blows the full-time whistle, she can’t jump in the air or sink to the ground like the players. That’s alright with her. She know(...)

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