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Nigel Owens furious as horrendous tackle doesn’t result in red card

Nigel Owens has been left shocked after a horrifying ‘tackle’ from the Perpignan-Lyon clash in the Top 14 somehow only resulted in a yellow card.


Reacting to the challenge, Owens wrote: “That’s not a safe or legal attempt to tackle he leaves the ground like a rocket .

“I am sorry but that’s a Red Card for me.”

Top 14 weekend results:

  • Bayonne 26-22 Toulouse
  • Brive 38-43 Racing92
  • Castres 26-22 Clermont
  • La Rochelle 21-38 Pau
  • Montpellier 23-19 Stade Francais
  • Perpignan 28-21 Lyon


  • Bordeaux-Begles v Toulon

Nigel Owens facts:

  1. Owens started refereeing in 1987, after his sports teacher John Beynon suggested he take up refereeing after a school game
  2. Scarlets and Wales U20 centre Ioan Nicholas is the cousin of the top referee
  3. The Welshman supports National League side Wrexham
  4. He currently holds the world record for the most test matches refereed 
  5. n May 2007, Owens publicly came out as gay in an interview with Wales on Sunday
Referee, Nigel Owens during the Heineken Champions Cup Final Match between Exeter Chiefs and Racing 92 at Ashton Gate, Bristol on the 17 Oct. PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

Nigel Owens dream XV:

Fullback: Israel Folau (Australia)

Owens said: “For me, it’s nip and tuck between Halfpenny and Folau, next to nothing to choose between them. Leigh is brilliant because under the high ball and with his kicking at goal under pressure. He may not always break the line when running but puts his body on the line in defence and is a top-notch match-winner.

“But I go for Folau – only just, I should stress – because of his ability to seemingly beat his man every time he gets the ball in his hand. He’s such an exciting player and like Leigh he is one of the best under the high ball.

“It’s a toss of a coin for me… and it’s come down in Folau’s favour.”

Winger: Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

Owens said: “How can you fail to be impressed when watching Hogg play. He’s so exciting as he burst into that line and, of course, was named Six Nations player of the tournament.

“I know he’s a full-back for Scotland, but he is so quick and direct he could easily play on the wing. He reminds me a bit of Shane Williams with some of the things he does.

“When you see who is on the other wing in my team, you’ll see how they would work brilliantly in tandem.”

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Outside-centre: Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)

Owens said: “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. He always respected referees and set the right example for others to follow.

“A legend of the game who conducted himself superbly, on and off the pitch.”

Inside-centre: Ma’a Nonu (New Zealand)

Owens said: “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.

“What a player, mind, too. One of the stalwarts of the New Zealand side for so many years.”

Winger: Shane Williams (Wales)

Owens said: “When people ask me who is the best player I have refereed it’s pretty much an impossible task to pick one because I’ve been lucky enough to take charge of so many greats.

“But if I’m pushed, I would pick Shane for what he achieved after coming from football at 17 or 18 years of age.

“He was in the mould of Gerald Davies in how he left defenders gasping for air as he beat them with those dazzling sidesteps. Nobody would fancy defending against a back three of Shane, Hogg and Folau, I can tell you that.”