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Nigel Owens sends touching message to Wayne Barnes ahead of landmark test

#4. Austin Healey

OWENS SAID: “Definitely. I only caught him towards the end of his career, thankfully. A wonderfully talented player and a very good pundit now, but he always had plenty say and quickly assumed I didn’t like him. He’s actually blocked me on Twitter, but I don’t think I’m the only one.”

Austin Healey facts:

  1. He has 51 England caps and 2 Lions caps
  2. Healey appeared on BBC gameshow, Mastermind, on 4 January 2013. His specialist subject was Everton Football Club
  3. He is a famously competitive and “outspoken” character, gaining the nickname “The Leicester Lip”
  4. Healey’s autobiography, Lions, Tigers and Roses, was published by Oxford University Press in 2001

#5. Maro Itoje (England)

OWENS SAID: “Itoje is someone who plays right on the edge. That is what makes him such a great player. He must be so difficult to play against but he’s also difficult to referee and I mean that with the utmost respect.”

BARNES SAID: “The hardest players are the best players,” 

Maro Itoje facts:

  1. As a schoolboy, Itoje played several sports including basketball, football, rugby and athletics, representing England at U17 level in shot put
  2. Maro got a rugby scholarship to London Harrow school when he was 11. He then studied for a Politics degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies in Bloomsbury, London at the same time as starting his rugby career
  3. He is also the cousin of Bath’s loosehead-prop Beno Obano
  4. The lock was born Oghenemaro Miles Itoje in Camden, London on 28 October 1994 to Nigerian parents