Much to the delight of rugby fans around the world, the news was confirmed yesterday that Nigel Owens will referee the World Cup final next weekend.
Owens is widely accepted as the best referee in the world of rugby at present. Consistently commanding games with both precision and clarity, the Welshman has become the most respected official currently active in the game.
Outside of rugby however, Nigel Owens is also an inspiration for many through the difficulties that he has had to overcome in his personal life. As a homosexual man, Owens struggled with his identity for some time and suffered greatly from depression.
Things got so bad in fact, that he attempted to take his own life and came very close to succeeding. This interview, taken last year has resurfaced on the web today in light of the news that Owens has been handed the game of his life next weekend and in it, Owens elaborates on the details of his darkest day.
Speaking about potentially reffing the final, the Welshman delved into his battle with depression and simultaneously opened up about his suicide attempt, even giving some information about a police helicopter saving his life.