Nigel Owens fires back at online criticism after Champions Cup final

5. Champions Cup

He is only one of two referees ever to be appointed to referee two consecutive Heineken Cup finals: Munster v Toulouse at the Millennium Stadium in 2008 and Leicester Tigers v. Leinster at Murrayfield in 2009.

6. Partner

His long-term partner is Barrie Jones-Davies, a primary school teacher from Llandovery. In October 2019, Jones-Davies joined Owens in Tokyo to support him during the Rugby World Cup.

7. Football fan

The Welshman supports National League side Wrexham, who are currently subject of a takeover bid from global superstar Ryan Reynolds.

8. Honours

In the 2016 Birthday Honours, Owens was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to sport, and was awarded an honorary fellowship from Cardiff University in July of the same year.


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