World Cup final referee Nigel Owens’ officiating is appreciated in almost every corner of the globe and it’s clearly the same in his hometown of Mynyddcerrig, where the locals have illustrated their pride in the 44-year-old’s most recent recognition.
Owens will referee this year’s World Cup final between southern hemisphere superpowers Australia and New Zealand as the All Blacks attempt to retain the Web Ellis Cup whilst the Wallabies aim to beat their Pacific Ocean opponents for the second time this year.
The eyes of the world will be transfixed on the spectacle that comes on Saturday at Twickenham but Owens’ hometown in Wales may be watching the game for a different reason than most this weekend, with their local hero refereeing the biggest international rugby game on the planet.
To show just how proud they are of their fellow Mynyddcerrig native, the people of the Welsh village have kitted out their local in area in green, red and white bunting as well as flying a banner congratulating Owens on his most recent accolade.
Had a tear to my eye seeing this. People of Mynyddcerrig my home village you make me so proud of where I am from. pic.twitter.com/c41f2HWkhd
— Nigel Owens (@Nigelrefowens) October 29, 2015
Having refereed at two World Cups before, Owens has finally been handed the honour of doing so in the final game of the tournament, with the decision receiving almost universal praise across the sport of rugby and beyond.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena