Welsh referee Nigel Owens is regarded as one of the world’s greatest but he has just tweeted how ‘humbled’ he is at being selected to referee the World Cup final.
The concluding game of this year’s tournament sees the referee appointment perfectly suit the occasion, with two of the world’s greatest rugby nations sparring it out in Twickenham.
New Zealand enter the last hurdle having just beaten off the challenge presented by South Africa while Australia’s 29-15 win over Argentina doesn’t quite tell the whole story of a titanic match-up.
Those two bruising semi-finals, however, will only give an indication of what’s to come, as the two neighbouring countries go toe-to-toe in a World Cup final for the first time.
The enormity of the occasion is clearly not lost on the man in the middle, who’ll have to make the tough calls in a World Cup that has so far seen referring decisions heavily criticised.
Truly humbled and honoured to be given the privilege of refereeing #RWC2015 final. Thanks for all your kind messages and tweets. Means a lot
— Nigel Owens (@Nigelrefowens) October 26, 2015
The tournament’s conclusion takes place on Saturday at 4pm (UK time). New Zealand approach the final with a 100% record in this competition, as do Australia, however the All Blacks came out victorious the last time these two nations met, beating the Wallabies 41-13 in the Rugby Championship.
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Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena