Joy Neville

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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(...)

Connacht captain John Muldoon celebrates Kieran Marmion’s try during the Guinness Pro 14 game against Leinster at the Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Connacht 47 Leinster 10 John Muldoon’s wife Lorna, who is expecting their first child, was amongst those in the crowd of 8,129 which revelled in sun-(...)

Ifrah Ahmed, International Person of the Year at the People of the Year Awards. Photograph. Robbie Reynolds

The Beast from the East is, when you think about it, a suitably titled nemesis for The People of the Year. The 43rd so-titled awards show was among ma(...)

Ireland’s  Sophie Spence  after her team’s Women’s Rugby World Cup game against Australia in Belfast in August 2017. Photograph: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Irish people are more than twice as likely to attend or watch a women’s sports event as people in the UK, according to a new survey. More than one-th(...)

Joy Neville is interviewed  after receiving the World Rugby Referee Award during the World Rugby Awards 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. Photograph: Dave Rogers/World Rugby/Getty Images

Awards season is by far the best season. Glitz, glamour, speeches that never end, awkward interviews and just great fun all in all. And I’m not even t(...)

Ireland’s Joy Neville in her assistant referee role during France’s draw with Japan at the U Arena in Paris on Saturday night.  Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Ireland’s Joy Neville has been named referee of the year at the World Rugby Awards in Monte Carlo. A veteran of 70 caps for Ireland, Neville is now m(...)

Montpellier 24 Exeter 27 Exeter Chiefs made it back-to-back Champions Cup Pool 3 wins as they claimed a famous 27-24 victory away to French giants Mo(...)

 New Zealand captain Fiao’o Faamausili,  raises the World Cup after victory over England in the final in Belfast.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

New Zealand 41 England 32 A watershed moment like 1995, when professionalism took hold of male rugby, remains some way off. So where to from here? (...)

New Zealand celebrate winning the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup Finalafter beating England at  the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

New Zealand 41 England 32 The English machine derailed by wave upon crashing wave of blackness. A never ending night until we move to Hong Kong or p(...)

Scrumhalf Nicole Cronin has had an outstanding World Cup for Ireland. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

World Cup 7th Place playoff: Ireland v Wales, Kingspan stadium, Saturday, 2pm – Live RTÉ 2 and Eir Sport Last of the summer wine. Reasons to be cheer(...)

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