Nigel Owens to referee a schoolboy match in Auckland

Welsh rugby referee Nigel Owens has arrived in New Zealand ahead of this weekend’s Bledisloe Cup match – but he’s got a more pressing game on his mind.

The New Zealand Herald have reported that the Welsh referee, who took charge of the 2015 Rugby World Cup final, is officiating at an under-15s schoolboy rugby match at St Peters College in Auckland tomorrow afternoon.

“For most kids playing [today] that will be in one sense no different to Australia – New Zealand on Saturday.

“This will be their [big] game. You have to referee the same, you can’t just turn up and not care – you have to get out and do your best.”


“I’m told parents react very differently when I referee than the usual referee,” he added.

“When I do games at home now you don’t seem to get parents shouting, they think they can’t shout … so it will be interesting … to see how the parents react.”

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