Who are the best players to referee? Popular Welsh referee Nigel Owens tells all as he runs down some of his favourite (and least favourite) players he ever had to referee.
DID YOU KNOW? Nigel Owens started refereeing in 1987, after his sports teacher John Beynon suggested he take up refereeing after a poor performance in a school game.
5. Phil Vickery (England)
OWENS SAID: “I always had a lot of time for him, found him a decent man, a good player to referee. He wasn’t one of those who would whinge at decisions, he would accept the call and get on with it.”
#4. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
JONES SAID: “A man of few words, he does his talking on the field with his actions. Not only is he a brilliant player and a very good captain but I don’t think I have reffed a match where he hasn’t given absolutely everything.”