Nigel Owens ranks top 8 captains he refereed – including surprise England skipper

#6. 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.

“As a player, at his peak with Wasps during their European runs and with England in 2007, he was a formidable force.”

#5. Sergio Parisse (Italy)

Owens said: “I’ve been fortunate to have refereed some tremendous No.8s during my career but Sergio is tops. He’s such a talented player and rarely has a bad game.

“Maybe there’s a tendency to try and do too much because he’s been in an Italy or Stade Francais team which hasn’t been at its best, but he’s been extraordinary.”

Did you know? Parisse was born in La Plata, capital of Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Italian parents

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