Popular Welsh referee Nigel Owens reached the absolute pinnacle of his career in 2015 when he was named the referee for the Rugby World Cup final.
Then in 2016, when he refereed a Pacific Nations Cup game between Fiji and Tonga on June 11, he became the most capped referee in the history of the sport.
And now he’s revealed his favourite moment of all:
“Probably my most favourite moment was that World Cup final when at the end of the game, Australia had just been beaten by New Zealand and (David) Pocock was not only a great player but a great man as well.
They has just lost to New Zealand in that final and I blew the final whistle and he came up to shake my hand and put his arm around me and said ‘Thanks, thanks for a great match,’ and I thought this guy has just lost the World Cup final, has lost out on on winning a World Cup winner’s medal, may he get the chance again? Who knows?
And yet the first thing he did was after the whistle was come towards me and shake my hand and say that, and that epitomises, not only the greatness of players in the game, but the greatness of rugby as a sport as well.