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Nigel Owens' farming exploits go viral, the World Cup final referee claiming he has never been as nervous in his life

By Josh Raisey
Nigel Owens' farm life

This period of no rugby during the coronavirus pandemic has meant that many involved in the game have had the chance to try their hand at something else. It has also meant that a lot of people have been sat on social media watching videos. 


Both trends combined on Wednesday when footage of referee Nigel Owens’ other life as a farmer went viral on Twitter.

The 48-year-old shared a video in anticipation of the birth of the first calf to his herd of cows, which has been viewed more than 30,000 times so far. 

Despite refereeing the 2015 World Cup final between the All Blacks and Australia at Twickenham and multiple other high profile matches, he said he was never so nervous in his life. 

It is not very often that a referee talking about the birth of a cow would prove to be such a hit, but these are strange times. 

By the time rugby resumes and Owens is required to blow his whistle again, he may well be a world-famous farmer. 

The good news is that the bull calf was born at the Mairwen Herd, leaving Owens with a new-found perspective on life which those who have not birthed a cow before cannot truly appreciate.


On reflection, the Welshman said: “A rugby match will be easy to referee after the worry of first time calving.” 

With no rugby to be played for the foreseeable future, this may be one of many farming escapades by Owens.  

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