It seems Nigel Owens’ popularity also extends into the world of music, with metal legends Iron Maiden including a likeness of the Welsh referee on their latest tour T-shirt.
Owens tweeted this yesterday:
— Nigel Owens (@Nigelrefowens) April 22, 2016
Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood loves his rugby and said (via Wales Online):
“We did a tribute to the legend that is Colin Meads on our 2011 NZ tour T-Shirt which went down so well with the rugby fraternity there that AB assistant coach Wayne Smith, a mate for many years and big Maiden fan along with some other current ABs, asked to use this art on some special Ts he was going to use as prizes for the players for outstanding defensive performances in each game of last year’s World Cup.
“This new tour shirt commemorates the victory last year at Twickenham and is a tribute to the ABs. Looking forward to seeing some of you for a few Troopers in Christchurch and Auckland.”
Also included are players representing every team New Zealand defeated on their way to becoming the first country to retain the William Webb Ellis trophy.
With the way the New Zealand Super Rugby sides are playing at the moment, it’s likely the rest of the rugby world will be running to the hills when the All Blacks play again.
Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena
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