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    Pro14 referee interview with Nigel Owens
    It takes a certain kind of person to become a referee. You need to be able to deal with the abuse that comes your way.“Whether it is banter or sometimes crosses the line and becomes personal – there has to be something inside you as a person that allows you to have a thick skin and deal with that.

    “After that, you need to have an ability to understand the game, you knowledge of the laws and how to apply them, you empathy and man management of the players, your reading of the game, your authority, being firm but being fair. When you get to the top level it comes down to your ability to deal with the pressure.

    “The higher up you go the more of those attributes you have, but once you get there, it is about your ability to deal under that pressure that comes on and off the field.“And also your ability if things don’t go well in a game, to learn from those experiences and dust yourself down.”
    The pro14 website has a stack of referee profiles, mostly in the form of Q&A:

    David Wilkinson

    Andrew Brace

    Ian Davies
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