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Nigel Owens responds to international retirement reports

Popular Welsh referee Nigel Owens has moved to dismiss reports that he could be set to hang up his whistle when it comes to international rugby.

It had been suggested that France vs England during the 2020 Six Nations earlier this year, which was his 98th test, could have been his last.

However, the 49-year-old is now targeting the century after signing a contract extension with the Welsh Rugby Union during lockdown.

“I’m still enjoying it and my appetite for the game is as strong as ever,” revealed Owens, who was speaking to the Mail Online.

“I hope to be involved in the autumn internationals and I’ll make myself available for the 2021 Six Nations.

“If Paddy O’Brien thinks I’m still capable of offering something at international level then I’d love to stay involved.

“If not, then I’ll just carry on doing what I do at the PRO14 and Welsh Premiership level.”


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