#4. Luke FItzgerald
In 2017, Owens, one of the most respected refs in the game, told Munster lock Billy Holland: ‘Advantage is over there lads. It’s poor play by you there on the pass. Under no pressure there’ after he lost the ball for his team.’
Holland fired back, saying ‘Cheers coach’, all of which was picked up on the ref’s mic.
After the game, former Irish winger Luke Fitzgerald told independent.ie there was ‘no place for it in the game’.
Owens has since taken to Twitter to explain himself, tweeting: ‘The game is about the players not the ref. I didn’t say a witty thing or a put down. I just explained why advantage was over. Nothing more.’
But Fitzgerald, who has retired from rugby due to injury, didn’t leave it there and there was a bit of a back and forth between the two after Ross Campbell tweeted Fitzgerald the ref’s response.