Nigel Owens

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Nigel Owens
Owens for the 2007 RWC.
Date of birth (1971-06-18) 18 June 1971 (age 46)
Place of birth Mynyddcerrig, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Refereeing career
Years Competition Apps


2007-Pres
2007-2010
2012-Pres
2007-2015
2005-Pres
Pro 12
Heineken Cup
Six Nations Championship
Tri Nations Championship
The Rugby Championship
The Rugby World Cup
Total Tests


15
4
6
8
58

Nigel Owens (born 18 June 1971 in Mynyddcerrig, Carmarthenshire, Wales) is a Welsh international rugby union referee, and was the only Welsh referee at the 2007, 2011 & 2015 Rugby World Cups.

Owens was appointed as an international referee in 2005, and officiated his first international between Ireland and Japan in Osaka. Owens made his World Cup debut in Lyon, France on 11 September 2007 in the Argentina vs. Georgia match. He is one of only two referees to be appointed to referee two consecutive Heineken Cup finals: Munster v Toulouse at the Millennium Stadium in 2008; and Leicester Tigers v Leinster at Murrayfield in 2009. He has since done a third final Leinster v Ulster in Twickenham 2012, as well as two Amlin finals makes a total of five European Finals.

He is one of the presenters on the Welsh language TV chats shows Jonathan and Bwrw'r Bar. Also now has his own quiz programme which he hosts on S4C called Munun i Fynd. In 2011 he was made a member of the Gorsedd of Bards.[1]

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Personal life

Owens was raised in the small village of Mynyddcerrig, Carmarthenshire, Wales. He is a fluent Welsh language speaker. He was a school technician at Ysgol Gyfun Maes Yr Yrfa Cefneithin and youth worker with Menter Cwm Gwendraeth. His autobiography, Hanner Amser (Half Time), was published in Welsh in 2008, then in English in 2009. In 2011 he was made a member of the Gorsedd of Bards.[1] He was a patron of the LGBT Centre of Excellence Wales, until its disbandment in late 2012, but he is still that of the Wooden Spoon Society rugby charity. In 2013 Owens became a patron of Bullies Out charity in Wales.[2] He was made president of the Wales Federation of Young Farmers Clubs in 2010.[3] Owens is a fan of Wrexham Football Club.[4]

Career

He is one of the presenters on Jonathan, a rugby-themed Welsh language chat show hosted by former Welsh international Jonathan Davies, broadcast on S4C on the eve of big international matches. He co-presents the sports-themed Welsh language chat show Bwrw'r Bar and now has his own show a quiz programme "Munud i Fynd". He is an after-dinner speaker.

In May 2007, Owens publicly came out as gay in an interview with Wales on Sunday. Although reactions have been generally positive, he says it was a difficult decision to make and that he had even contemplated suicide.[5]

"It's such a big taboo to be gay in my line of work, I had to think very hard about it because I didn't want to jeopardise my career. Coming out was very difficult and I tried to live with who I really was for years. I knew I was 'different' from my late teens, but I was just living a lie."

Shortly after the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Owens was named 'Gay Sports Personality of the Year' by gay rights group Stonewall's gay awards ceremony in London.[6]

Test Matches

To date Nigel Owens has refereed the following Test Matches:


  1. 2005 Japan Japan v Republic of Ireland Ireland
  2. 2005 Argentina Argentina v Samoa Samoa
  3. 2006 Argentina Argentina v Uruguay Uruguay
  4. 2006 Italy Italy v Australia Australia
  5. 2007 England England v Italy Italy
  6. 2007 New Zealand New Zealand v Australia Australia,
  7. 2007 Republic of Ireland Ireland v Italy Italy
  8. 2007 Argentina Argentina v Georgia (country) Georgia - RWC
  9. 2007 Scotland Scotland v Romania Romania - RWC
  10. 2007 Australia Australia v Fiji Fiji - RWC
  11. 2008 France France v Republic of Ireland Ireland
  12. 2008 Italy Italy v Scotland Scotland,
  13. 2008 New Zealand New Zealand v England England
  14. 2008 France France v Pacific Islands
  15. 2008 England England v South Africa South Africa
  16. 2009 Republic of Ireland Ireland v France France
  17. 2009 Scotland Scotland v Italy Italy,
  18. 2009 South Africa South Africa v New Zealand New Zealand
  19. 2009 New Zealand New Zealand v South Africa South Africa
  20. 2009 England England v Argentina Argentina
  21. 2009 Republic of Ireland Ireland v South Africa South Africa
  22. 2010 Scotland Scotland v France France
  23. 2010 Australia Australia v England England
  24. 2010 South Africa South Africa v New Zealand New Zealand,
  25. 2010 Republic of Ireland Ireland v South Africa South Africa
  26. 2011 Scotland Scotland v Republic of Ireland Ireland
  27. 2011 Republic of Ireland Ireland v England England
  28. 2011 Fiji Fiji v Namibia Namibia - RWC
  29. 2011 New Zealand New Zealand v Japan Japan - RWC
  30. 2011 United States USA v Australia Australia - RWC
  31. 2011 South Africa South Africa v Samoa Samoa - RWC
  32. 2011 New Zealand New Zealand v Argentina Argentina - RWC
  33. 2012 France France v Italy Italy
  34. 2012 England England v Republic of Ireland Ireland
  35. 2012 New Zealand New Zealand v Republic of Ireland Ireland (1)
  36. 2012 New Zealand New Zealand v Republic of Ireland Ireland (2)
  37. 2012 New Zealand New Zealand v Australia Australia
  38. 2012 Australia Australia v South Africa South Africa
  39. 2012 France France v Australia Australia
  40. 2012 England England v Australia Australia
  41. 2013 Italy Italy v France France,
  42. 2013 France France v Scotland Scotland,
  43. 2013 Argentina Argentina v England England,
  44. 2013 New Zealand New Zealand v France France,
  45. 2013 Australia Australia v Argentina Argentina,
  46. 2013 South Africa South Africa v New Zealand New Zealand,
  47. 2013 Republic of Ireland Ireland v New Zealand New Zealand
  48. 2014 France France v England England
  49. 2014 Republic of Ireland Ireland v Italy Italy
  50. 2014 New Zealand New Zealand v England England
  51. 2014 South Africa South Africa v Australia Australia,
  52. 2014 Argentina Argentina v Australia Australia,
  53. 2014 England England v New Zealand New Zealand
  54. 2014 France France v Australia Australia
  55. 2015 France France v Scotland Scotland
  56. 2015 England England v France France
  57. 2015 Australia Australia v South Africa South Africa
  58. 2015 New Zealand New Zealand v Australia Australia

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