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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 Nov 26, 2022
FT
Principality Stadium
Wales Wales
-
9:15am
Australia Australia
LIVE
34
39
FT
Twickenham
England England
-
11:30am
South Africa South Africa
LIVE
13
27
Sun Nov 20, 2022
FT
Stadium de Toulouse
France France
-
7:00am
Japan Japan
LIVE
35
17
Sat Nov 19, 2022
FT
Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf
Tonga Tonga
-
4:45am
Uruguay Uruguay
LIVE
43
19
FT
Principality Stadium
Wales Wales
-
7:00am
Georgia Georgia
LIVE
12
13
FT
Stadio Luigi Ferraris
Italy Italy
-
7:00am
South Africa South Africa
LIVE
21
63
FT
National Rugby Centre Amsterdam
Canada Canada
-
7:30am
Namibia Namibia
LIVE
43
37
FT
Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf
Romania Romania
-
8:45am
Samoa Samoa
LIVE
0
22
FT
BT Murrayfield
Scotland Scotland
-
9:15am
Argentina Argentina
LIVE
52
29
FT
Twickenham
England England
-
11:30am
New Zealand New Zealand
LIVE
25
25
FT
Aviva Stadium
Ireland Ireland
-
2:00pm
Australia Australia
LIVE
13
10
Fri Nov 18, 2022
FT
The Sevens
Hong Kong Hong Kong
-
7:00am
Kenya Kenya
LIVE
22
18
FT
The Sevens
USA USA
-
9:30am
Portugal Portugal
LIVE
16
16
Sun Nov 13, 2022
FT
Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf
Romania Romania
-
5:30am
Uruguay Uruguay
LIVE
16
21
FT
BT Murrayfield
Scotland Scotland
-
8:15am
New Zealand New Zealand
LIVE
23
31
Sat Nov 12, 2022
FT
Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf
Tonga Tonga
-
5:00am
Chile Chile
LIVE
39
10
FT
The Sevens
Portugal Portugal
-
6:00am
Kenya Kenya
LIVE
85
0
FT
Aviva Stadium
Ireland Ireland
-
7:00am
Fiji Fiji
LIVE
35
17
FT
Stadio Artemio Franchi
Italy Italy
-
7:00am
Australia Australia
LIVE
28
27
FT
National Rugby Centre Amsterdam
Netherlands Netherlands
-
7:30am
Canada Canada
LIVE
25
37
FT
Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
Georgia Georgia
-
8:00am
Samoa Samoa
LIVE
19
20
FT
The Sevens
USA USA
-
8:30am
Hong Kong Hong Kong
LIVE
49
7
FT
Estadio Nacional Complutense
Spain Spain
-
9:00am
Namibia Namibia
LIVE
34
15
FT
Twickenham
England England
-
9:15am
Japan Japan
LIVE
52
13
FT
Principality Stadium
Wales Wales
-
11:30am
Argentina Argentina
LIVE
20
13
FT
Orange Velodrome
France France
-
2:00pm
South Africa South Africa
LIVE
30
26
Sun Nov 6, 2022
FT
The Sevens
USA USA
-
6:00am
Kenya Kenya
LIVE
68
14
FT
Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
Georgia Georgia
-
8:00am
Uruguay Uruguay
LIVE
34
18
FT
Twickenham
England England
-
8:15am
Argentina Argentina
LIVE
29
30
FT
The Sevens
Portugal Portugal
-
8:30am
Hong Kong Hong Kong
LIVE
42
14
Sat Nov 5, 2022
FT
Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf
Romania Romania
-
6:00am
Chile Chile
LIVE
30
23
FT
Stadio Plebiscito
Italy Italy
-
8:00am
Samoa Samoa
LIVE
49
17
FT
BT Murrayfield
Scotland Scotland
-
8:00am
Fiji Fiji
LIVE
28
12
FT
Principality Stadium
Wales Wales
-
10:15am
New Zealand New Zealand
LIVE
23
55
FT
Estadio Ciudad de Malaga
Spain Spain
-
12:30pm
Tonga Tonga
LIVE
6
40
FT
Aviva Stadium
Ireland Ireland
-
12:30pm
South Africa South Africa
LIVE
19
16
FT
Stade de France
France France
-
3:00pm
Australia Australia
LIVE
30
29
Sat Oct 29, 2022
FT
Japan National Stadium
Japan Japan
-
12:50am
New Zealand New Zealand
LIVE
31
38
FT
BT Murrayfield
Scotland Scotland
-
11:30am
Australia Australia
LIVE
15
16
Sat Jul 23, 2022
FT
Sunshine Coast Stadium
Tonga Tonga
-
2:30am
Hong Kong Hong Kong
LIVE
44
22
Sun Jul 17, 2022
FT
Estadio Charrua
Uruguay Uruguay
-
1:30pm
Romania Romania
LIVE
26
20
Sat Jul 16, 2022
FT
Sky Stadium
New Zealand New Zealand
-
2:05am
Ireland Ireland
LIVE
22
32
FT
Sydney Cricket Ground
Australia Australia
-
4:55am
England England
LIVE
17
21
FT
AIA Arena
Georgia Georgia
-
9:00am
Portugal Portugal
LIVE
23
14
FT
DHL Stadium
South Africa South Africa
-
10:05am
Wales Wales
LIVE
30
14
FT
Infinity Park
USA USA
-
2:00pm
Chile Chile
LIVE
29
31
FT
Estadio Unico Madre de Ciudades
Argentina Argentina
-
2:10pm
Scotland Scotland
LIVE
34
31
Sun Jul 10, 2022
FT
Adjarabet Arena
Georgia Georgia
-
11:00am
Italy Italy
LIVE
28
19
FT
Estadio Charrua
Uruguay Uruguay
-
1:30pm
Romania Romania
LIVE
22
30
Sat Jul 9, 2022
FT
Japan National Stadium
Japan Japan
-
12:50am
France France
LIVE
15
20
FT
Forsyth Barr Stadium
New Zealand New Zealand
-
2:05am
Ireland Ireland
LIVE
12
23
FT
Suncorp Stadium
Australia Australia
-
4:55am
England England
LIVE
17
25
FT
Toyota Stadium
South Africa South Africa
-
10:05am
Wales Wales
LIVE
12
13
FT
Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena
Argentina Argentina
-
2:10pm
Scotland Scotland
LIVE
6
29
FT
Estadio Santa Laura-Universidad SEK
Chile Chile
-
5:00pm
USA USA
LIVE
21
22
Sat Jul 2, 2022
FT
City of Toyota Stadium
Japan Japan
-
1:00am
France France
LIVE
23
42
FT
Eden Park
New Zealand New Zealand
-
2:05am
Ireland Ireland
LIVE
42
19
FT
Optus Stadium
Australia Australia
-
4:55am
England England
LIVE
30
28
FT
Loftus Versfeld
South Africa South Africa
-
10:05am
Wales Wales
LIVE
32
29
FT
Estadio 23 de Agosto
Argentina Argentina
-
2:10pm
Scotland Scotland
LIVE
26
18
Fri Jul 1, 2022
FT
Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf
Romania Romania
-
1:00pm
Italy Italy
LIVE
13
45
Sat Jun 25, 2022
FT
Mikuni World Stadium
Japan Japan
-
1:00am
Uruguay Uruguay
LIVE
43
7
FT
Estadio do Restelo
Portugal Portugal
-
11:00am
Italy Italy
LIVE
31
38
Sat Jun 18, 2022
FT
Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium
Japan Japan
-
1:00am
Uruguay Uruguay
LIVE
34
15

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