Rugby Union

Nigel Owens recognized for 71 matches refereed

After earning a spot on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list Rugby referee Nigel Owens took charge of  his 71st game yesterday during the Pacific Nations Cup clash between the Vodafone Flying Fijians and Ikale Tahi Tonga at the ANZ stadium. The 44-year-old said he was very humbled and honoured when his achievement was recognised by the Queen. […]

Salote Qalubau

June 12, 2016 6:50 am

After earning a spot on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list Rugby referee Nigel Owens took charge of  his 71st game yesterday during the Pacific Nations Cup clash between the Vodafone Flying Fijians and Ikale Tahi Tonga at the ANZ stadium.

Nigel Owens. (Allison Penjueli/Newswire)
44-year-old Nigel Owens after the match against the Vodafone Flying Fijians and Tonga at the ANZ Stadium yesterday. (Allison Penjueli/Newswire)

The 44-year-old said he was very humbled and honoured when his achievement was recognised by the Queen.

OWENS: “It was amazing to be recognised by the Queen, it’s a real privilege and to have my 71st test match in the PNC Fiji game against Tonga here. It is an honour which is why I want to thank World Rugby as well.”

He made his Rugby World Cup debut in France in 2007 and took charge of the 2015 Rugby World Cup final.

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Nigel Owens during the match against the Vodafone Flying Fijians and Tonga at the ANZ Stadium yesterday. (Salote Qalubau/Newswire)

Owens has taken charge of 16 Six Nations matches and 12 in The Rugby Championship as well as three European Cup finals.

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