In a fantastic exclusive interview with Wales Online, superstar referee Nigel Owens has revealed who is the best player he has refereed.
It was a question that he pondered over for a good 10 seconds before saying: “It’s difficult because Dan Carter was the best fly-half and Richie McCaw the best openside.
“But, overall, I’d say Shane Williams, because he was so small and because of what he did in games — beating players, scoring tries.
“Everything was stacked against him, but he just kept doing amazing things.
“If I had to pick the best player, he’d be the one.”
Owens will surpass the previous record of 17 Six Nations matches held by Alain Rolland and Jonathan Kaplan at Stade de France, where France face Ireland.