Popular referee Nigel Owens has revealed he’d be tempted to referee the 100th ever meeting between New Zealand and South Africa next month.
“I think I actually would, I would love to referee it,” the Welshman said when asked if he would come out of retirement for this match on World Rugby’s YouTube channel.
“Because I refereed the Springboks versus the All Blacks about seven or eight times.
“It really is a special fixture and who knows, it could turn out to be like that game in 2013. So yeah, I will come out of retirement if World Rugby wants me, let me know.”
Nigel Owens’ dream XV revealed including former England captain and three Wales legends
- 15. Stuart Hogg (Scotland)
- 14. Bryan Habana (South Africa)
- 11. Shane Williams (Wales)
Hogg: “How can you fail to be impressed when watching Hogg play. He’s so exciting.”
Williams: “He was in the mould of Gerald Davies in how he left defenders gasping for air as he beat them with those dazzling sidesteps.”
Habana: “Nobody would fancy defending against a back three of Shane, Hogg and Habana, I can tell you that.”
- 13. Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)
- 12. Ma’a Nonu (New Zealand)
Nonu: “He’s another brilliant player and after every game, win or lose, he would come up and give me a hug. Ma’a has always found time at after-match functions or at breakfast if we’ve been staying at the same hotel to come over and have a chat.”
O’Driscoll: “Not only is he one of the greatest centres in the history of rugby union but he’s a fantastic man off the field as well. O’Driscoll has been a wonderful ambassador for the sport and a real leader.”