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Queen’s Birthday Honours: Referee Nigel Owens gets MBE

  • Rugby referee Nigel Owens has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list
  • The 44-year-old, who takes charge of a record 71st test match on Saturday
  • He said he was “very humbled and honoured” and he “would never have a year like this again”
Fan favourite Welshman and rugby referee Nigel Owens has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list

The 44-year-old, who takes charge of a world record-setting 71st test match on Saturday, has been awarded an MBE for services to sport.

He said he was “very humbled and honoured” and he “would never have a year like this again”.



This year’s Birthday Honours coincide with the Queen’s official 90th birthday.

Owens, from Mynyddcerrig, Carmarthenshire, began officiating as a teenager and quickly progressed to be a professional referee.

He made his Rugby World Cup debut in France in 2007 and took charge of the 2015 Rugby World Cup final.