Nigel Owens is the gold standard when it comes to rugby referees and garners the respect of his peers, players and fans alike with his no nonsense common sense application of the rules of the game.
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Retiring Nigel Owens selects the FIVE best players he refereed
1. Sergio Parisse (Italy)
“I’ve been fortunate to have refereed some tremendous No.8s during my career but Sergio is tops. He’s such a talented player and rarely has a bad game.”