Nigel Owens could come out of retirement for one last game - Ruck

Nigel Owens could come out of retirement for one last game

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.”


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