Owens Sets Refereeing Record

by admin on June 11, 2016

When Fiji take on Tonga this month, regardless of which team comes on on top, one man on the pitch is guaranteed to come out of it with an incredible achievement. Welsh referee Nigel Owens will set a new world record as he take charge of his 71st World Cup game, breaking the record of 70 previously held by South African, Jonathan Kaplan.

As he gets ready to break Kaplan’s landmark figure, Owens said: “I don’t think anyone goes into refereeing in order to break records like this, but I suppose what it says is that I’ve managed to stay at the top level of the game for a while.

“So there is a lot of satisfaction and pride that comes with that. Every time I take the field as a referee it is an honour, even more so when it’s a Test match.

“Refereeing the Rugby World Cup final was a wonderful experience and one that I will treasure, but every match is memorable in its own way and I am really looking forward to this next challenge in Fiji, where I have never refereed before.

“I have been fortunate to have so many people supporting me the way – including past and present referees as well as the WRU and World Rugby.
“It has been a hugely rewarding and enjoyable journey so far and I hope to keep going for some time to come.”

WRU referees chief Nigel Whitehouse commented: “It’s a tremendous achievement from a personal point of view for Nigel, but also something that the whole of Welsh rugby can be proud of.

“During more than a decade of taking on high profile matches Nigel has represented our national sport around the world and been a genuine role model and ambassador for Welsh rugby.”

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