Referee Nigel Owens’ bold message to those flouting rules

Popular rugby referee Nigel Owens has sent a stark message to those flouting rules of isolation.

“We’re still seeing on social media and the news that a lot of people are still not listening to the Government’s instructions, particularly younger people, it seems, judging by the footage. You can read about some of the incidents here,” wrote Owens in his column for Wales Online.

“I think the Government’s advice does make sense really. You want people to listen and comply with this as much as we can, but the country still needs to keep going. If everything just stops it’s going to be much worse for us, but we must only go out when it is essential.”

“It’s maybe the wiser older generation who are taking heed of the advice while the younger generation think they’re immune to it, which is not the case.

“Imagine if a member of your family became ill – so people need to be taking this a bit more seriously. Some people are really not listening to this advice and they are putting people’s lives at risk.

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“If so, they should be held accountable for their actions, whether that’s a fine or something else.

We need to work together and help each other. We also need to stay in touch with each other, but through the phone and social media and only going out when you need to.”

“Look after yourselves and stay safe. Most importantly, stay at home when you don’t have to go out.”


LIST: The very best Nigel Owens quotes

Nigel Owens, who’s brought class, standards and entertainment to the game since beginning his professional career in 2002, has come up with some cracking one-liners over the years.

Let’s take a look at the top 10 Nigel Owens quotes.

Nigel Owens quotes:

1. “This is not soccer”

First we begin with what is probably Owens’ most famous quote. It has become a world-wide favourite for rugby fans. As everyone knows, scrum-halves are renowned for their complaining and whining, and referees seem to tolerate it.However in 2012, Owens was the whistle-blower in a RaboDirect PRO12 match between Munster and Bennetton Treviso when Treviso scrum-half Tobias Botes began complaining that the Munster captain Paul O’Connell wasn’t releasing at the ruck. Nigel calls him over… and after a long lecture… ends with “This is not soccer”. Class.

2. “Everyone in!”

This was a game in his native region out West. In the Magners League clash between the Scarlets and Irish province Leinster, things start to boil over down in Parc y Scarlets. A high tackle from Leinster flanker Sean O’Brien sparks a mass brawl between the two sides; unfortunately the incident wasn’t seen by any of the 3 match officials, therefore no action was taken… or so we thought… Without taking any nonsense from either team, Nigel calls all 30 players in for a ‘quick chat’. To commentator Jonathan Davies’ delight, Owens calmly exclaims “I don’t want to make a big issue out of this…”.

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