The IRFU have announced that Joy Neville will take charge of the Harlequins Women v Leinster Women clash at Twickenham Stadium on December 28.

The Limerick native has been chosen for what is the first ever Women’s club rugby game to take place at the home of English rugby.

Neville first began refereeing in 2013 and has rapidly climbed through the ranks, including taking charge of the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup Final.

She became just the second woman to referee a men’s international game in October 2017 when she was in the middle for Norway v Denmark in the Rugby Europe Conference and has also officiated in the Guinness PRO14 and European Challenge Cup.

The game will be part of the ‘Big Game 12’ event which also sees Harlequins take on Leicester Tigers in the Gallagher Premiership.

Big Game 12 will feature entertainment across the whole day from spectacular firework displays to performances from stars from the music industry alongside activities for all ages as well as meet and greets with stars from the rugby world.