Ireland’s Joy Neville will become the first woman to officiate at the Men’s Rugby World Cup. 39 | The year-old Joy has been appointed TV Match Official for the World Cup in France in September. Joy has been the captain of the Ireland women’s rugby team. She refereed the Women’s World Cup final in 2017. In 2020, he played the role of TV match official in the men’s top level test match. Then she was the first female official to do so. Meanwhile, England’s Wayne Barnes will officiate at the fifth consecutive World Cup. This is also a record.