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Wayne Barnes receives ‘death threats’ following Rugby World Cup final

#5. Nigel Owens

Age: 51

Nationality: Welsh

Occupation: Farmer

The popular Welshman had an interest in farming since he was a young kid and it has always played a huge part in his life away from the rugby field.

Over the years, Owens has been able to save up to buy his own farm with his partner Barrie and so far they’ve built up 26 pedigree Hereford cattle. 

Nigel Owens facts:

Owens was born and raised in the village of Mynyddcerrig, near Cross Hands in Carmarthenshire

In May 2007, Owens publicly came out as gay in an interview with Wales on Sunday

His long-term partner is Barrie Jones-Davies, a primary school teacher from Llandovery

Owens started refereeing in 1987, after his sports teacher John Beynon suggested he take up refereeing after a school game

His first game was an under-15s match between Carmarthen and Pembrokeshire at the age of 16

Nigel Owens toughest player to referee: 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.”