Nigel Owens reveals the thoughtful way Joe Marler always greets him - Ruck

Nigel Owens reveals the thoughtful way Joe Marler always greets him

Popular Welsh referee Nigel Owens has revealed the unlikely way England rugby star Joe Marler greets him every time he sees him.

Top referee Nigel Owens, speaking at a live recording of The Welsh Rugby Podcast to raise funds for clubs affected by the recent flooding, told a story of his own personal dealings with Marler

“Every time I go into the English changing room before a game – you do the usual stuff, have the front row chats – he always comes up and says ‘bore da’.

“No matter what time of the day it is, it’s ‘bore da’.

“I keep telling him ‘it’s prynhawn da now or nos da’.

“The last time I did him was England’s game recently against France. It was the afternoon and he came up to me and said ‘prynhawn da’.”

Owens then went onto comment about the incident at Twickenham last weekend.

“He is a bit of a joker on the field and I think sometimes there is a line you don’t cross,” agreed Owens.

“You have to keep things respectful on the field. In a Six Nations match like that, I don’t think it was the appropriate thing to do.

“When you have people calling it sexual assault, I just think we need to have a bit of reality and don’t disrespect people who have experienced that horrific side of things.

“We have to take it in context. It wasn’t needed, he went too far with it and it’s been dealt with appropriately.”

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Here we list 20 of his very best moments on and off the pitch.

1. When someone offered him nudes

2. Destroyed

3. Burn

4. He sure did!

5. Yellow carding the ball boy