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Nigel Owens demands law change after being frustrated during Italy v Scotland match

Following Italy’s stunning triumph over Scotland in Rome, former referee Nigel Owens has emerged as a vocal advocate for a change in the laws of the game.

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Italy, who had previously suffered 26 consecutive home defeats in the Six Nations before their triumph over Ireland, had also faced a 13-game losing streak against Scotland.

However, under the guidance of Gonzalo Quesada, they capitalised on their recent near-miss against France to secure a memorable win.

One particular incident during the match has drawn Owens’ ire: a crucial moment where an attacking player was held up just short of the try line, resulting in a goal line drop out awarded to the defending team.

Expressing his frustration on social media platform X, Owens stated, “That is why I don’t like the goal line drop out held up law. We should be giving the benefit of the doubt and rewarding the attacking team not the defence. The game is far too much defence oriented already. #ItalyvScotland”


#5. Chris Robshaw (England)

The flanker is a former English rugby union player who captained the national team from 2012 to 2015.

Known for his exceptional work rate and leadership skills, Robshaw was a dynamic flanker who made a significant impact on the field. He enjoyed a successful club career with Harlequins, where he played for over a decade. Robshaw’s dedication and commitment to the sport earned him numerous accolades and the respect of his peers.

Off the field, he is admired for his philanthropic efforts, using his platform to support various charitable causes.

Owens said: “Some people will be surprised at this one to start off. His misfortune was perhaps to be leading England during a difficult time, but he always gave everything for the cause, encouraging others to follow suit, and he was a nice guy off the pitch.”