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Female referee makes history by taking charge of Pro14 game

Female referee makes history by taking charge of Pro14 game
From BBC - February 9, 2018

A female referee has taken charge of a top-level men's rugby union match in the UK for the first time.

Joy Neville - a former Irish rugby international - officiated at Friday's Pro14 game between Ulster and Southern Kings at the Kingspan stadium in Belfast.

She was named World Rugby Referee of the Year in November, after turning professional in 2013.

Before kick-off, Neville said the match was not the end of her ambitions.

In a post on Twitter, she expressed her "excitement" and described the historic moment as the "next opportunity".

The 34-year-old, from Limerick, previously oversaw a Challenge Cup match between Bordeaux-Bgles and Enisei-STM in December - the first woman to do so.

That followed a match between Norway and Denmark in October, in the second tier of international rugby union.

She also took charge of the women's 2017 World Cup final between England and New Zealand.

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