Nigel Owens is the gold standard when it comes to rugby referees and garners the respect of his peers, players and fans alike with his no nonsense common sense application of the rules of the game.
The Wales native has been in the game for over 25 years now and since becoming one of Wales’ first professional referees, he has grown to be recognised as the world’s best, the benchmark for all others to aspire to.
With an ability to cut players down to size with his quick wit while remaining respectful, Owens is a trusted and respected official regardless whether he is guiding from the middle of the park or from the touchline.
Having refereed at the very highest level in world rugby, Owens has along the way been captured on numerous occasions administering his authority in the way only he can.
Following his tongue in cheek yellow carding of a ball boy during Leinster’s decimation of the Scarlets in the Pro12 last weekend BBC Wales Sport has compiled a greatest hits of the legendary referee, showing not only his incredible understanding of the game, but also his famous quick wit in action.
😂 @Nigelrefowens – The Greatest Hits! 😂
He's back in the headlines, so turn up the sound and relive the quick-witted ref's finest moments! pic.twitter.com/8hbag4vfXM
— BBC Sport Wales (@BBCSportWales) March 7, 2017
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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