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Video: Nigel Owens Explains How A Missed Conversion Inadvertently Turned Him To Refereeing

We now know him as one of the best rugby union referees the world over but Nigel Owens’ route into officiating was anything but straightforward.  Owens explained to World Rugby how, as a teenager, a failed attempt at being the match-winning hero in a schools game inadvertently diverted him towards refereeing. Speaking about that match as a youngster, Owens tells of how …

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English Rugby’s Future Looks Bleak

As the world’s best coaches queue up to rule themselves out of the England job, it’s hard to argue that English rugby has never been at a lower ebb than it currently finds itself. The problem that the RFU faces in addressing this is that the proposed solutions – southern-hemisphere coach, celebrity review committee, selecting players who play in France, …

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World Rugby Unveil Changes To Rugby World Cup Qualification

World Rugby have announced that there will be some changes to the qualification process for Rugby World Cup 2019. With 12 nations already confirmed for the tournament via pre-qualification rules, the governing body for rugby has revealed where the 8 qualifying countries will come from. The 12 pre-qualified countries from Rugby World Cup 2015 include the 8 quarter finalists and …

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Woodward Suggests Where England Should Look First For Next Coach

Sir Clive Woodward has suggested where England should look first for a new coach following Stuart Lancaster’s departure on Wednesday.  That particular place, Woodward believes, is England. The former World Cup-winning manager suggests that the RFU look to their own before considering a foreign coach. In a Daily Mail column, Woodward explains that a big name from outside of England may …

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Nigel Owens’ Dad’s Post-WC Final Comments To His Son Will Have You In Stitches

We’ve heard a lot of Nigel Owens stories over the past few days as the dust slowly settles following the 2015 World Cup final.  Today’s story may just have beaten the lot, however, for its equal measures of hilarity and sarcasm. Wales Online spoke with the Welsh referee today in a wide-ranging interview on subjects such as Owens’ take on the final itself as well as the …

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Nigel Owens Gives Unequivocal Answer About His Refereeing Future

Nigel Owens, who will referee a local match between two Welsh clubs this Saturday, just a week after officiating in the Rugby World Cup final, has been very clear when discussing what the future holds for him regarding refereeing.  The man in the middle for New Zealand and Australia’s Web Ellis Cup clash last Saturday has stated that he intends to keep refereeing up until …

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Dan Carter Explains Why He Took That Right-Footed Conversion

Newly-crowned World Rugby Player of the Year Dan Carter has explained the reasoning behind kicking a conversion against Australia with his weaker right foot during New Zealand’s World Cup win. On any other occasion the fly-half may be criticised for a lack of professionalism but with the game all but sewn up after Beauden Barrett’s 79th minute try, Carter allowed himself …

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Video: World Rugby Announce Coach & Team Of The Year Nominees

World Rugby have just released their Coach of the Year and Team of the Year nominees.  Four countries have been selected for the Team of the Year accolade – Japan, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia. The Coach of the Year will also be chosen from one of these four countries, with Steve Hansen (New Zealand), Michael Cheika (Australia), Daniel Hourcade (Argentina) and Eddie …

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Tweet: Hometown Support Brings A Tear To Nigel Owens’ Eye Ahead Of WC Final

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 …

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Australia Make Just One Change Ahead Of World Cup Final

Australia have announced their team to face New Zealand in the World Cup final this Saturday.  Scott Sio is the only change to the Wallabies’ starting XV, lining up at prop. The rest of Michael Cheika’s starting side remains unchanged. This XV possesses a huge 833 caps between them, with every piece of experienced gained form each international appearance needed to overcome the mighty All Blacks. With both …

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All Blacks Legend Jonah Lomu Pinpoints Australia’s Main Threat

Legendary All Blacks wing Jonah Lomu has been speaking ahead of Saturday’s World Cup final and he feels that there is one area of the pitch in particular which Australia possess a ‘different dimension’ to the All Blacks.  This is in many ways the final most neutrals would have wanted to see with the only side who’ve beaten the All …

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Nigel Owens Tweets His Delight At Being Selected To Referee New Zealand vs Australia

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 …

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New Zealand Coach Hansen Definitively Dismisses McCaw Citing Talk

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has dismissed the amount of attention surrounding his captain Richie McCaw’s alleged elbow on South Africa’s Francois Louw. The incident, which has been watched over and over since Saturday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final, shows McCaw run towards Louw and make contact with the flanker causing him to fall back. If it’s found that McCaw …

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England Centre Ruled Out For Three Months Through Injury

England and Bath centre Jonathan Joseph has been ruled out of action for three months through injury.  Joseph will now miss the beginning of Bath’s European escapades this season after undergoing surgery earlier this week on his pectoral muscle, according to Bath Rugby’s official website.  “Bath Rugby can confirm that centre Jonathan Joseph underwent surgery earlier this week for a pectoral injury sustained …

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Watch: 44 Seconds Of Mesmerising Southern Hemisphere Rugby

The semi-finals for this year’s World Cup have been set and we’re in for a treat with four entertaining southern hemisphere sides set to face off. Whatever happens between now and the conclusion of this weekend’s action, we can sit safe in the knowledge that we’ve already witnessed some of the most mesmerising rugby the World Cup has ever seen from these …

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