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Former international referee Nigel Owens is a giant of the game. Discover everything about his life and career with RugbyPass, your resident rugby gurus.

Nigel Owens Bio

Nigel Owens was one of the finest referees to ever grace the game. Known for his quick wit, excellent refereeing skills and exquisite control of the game, he’s an icon around the world. Nigel Owens was inducted into the RugbyPass Hall of Fame in 2021.

Born 18 June 1971, Nigel Owens took up refereeing at the age of 16. From here, he quickly rose through the ranks and made his European debut in 2001. During his long and illustrious career, he refereed in almost every single big game imaginable. At the domestic level, he’s refereed the final of both the Heineken Champions Cup and the PRO14.

On the international stage, Nigel Owens has refereed some of the biggest matches in rugby history, including several vital Six Nations games and the Rugby World Cup final of 2015. He retired from refereeing international matches in December 2020, shortly after refereeing his 100th international game. He was the first referee to reach the landmark and he currently holds the world record for the most test matches refereed.

Today, Nigel Owens still referees locally but he’s more commonly known as a television personality. He currently hosts television shows in his native Wales and regularly makes appearances on British television and radio programmes.

In addition to this, after coming out as gay in 2007, Nigel Owens holds a status as a gay icon in the sport and was even named as Stonewall’s Gay Sports Personality of the Year in 2007 and Gay Sports Personality of the Decade in 2015. He regularly carries out anti-bullying charity work in support of various causes.

Fixtures & Results

Sat Jul 9, 2022
10:00am CDT
Toyota Stadium
South Africa South Africa
-
10:00am
Wales Wales
2nd Test
LIVE
0
0
Sat Jul 16, 2022
10:05am CDT
DHL Stadium
South Africa South Africa
-
10:05am
Wales Wales
3rd Test
LIVE
0
0
Sat Feb 4, 2023
8:15am CST
Principality Stadium
Wales Wales
-
8:15am
Ireland Ireland
Round 1
LIVE
0
0
Sat Feb 25, 2023
10:45am CST
Principality Stadium
Wales Wales
-
10:45am
England England
Round 3
LIVE
0
0
Sat Mar 11, 2023
8:15am CST
Stadio Olimpico
Italy Italy
-
8:15am
Wales Wales
Round 4
LIVE
0
0
Sat Mar 18, 2023
9:45am CDT
Stade De France
France France
-
9:45am
Wales Wales
Round 5
LIVE
0
0
Sat Jul 2, 2022
FT
Loftus Versfeld
South Africa South Africa
-
10:05am
Wales Wales
1st Test
LIVE
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