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Owens’ Record Here

  The soon to be world’s most capped international rugby referee Nigel Owens arrived at Nausori International Airport last night. The Welshman is here to referee Saturday’s Vodafone Flying Fijians
08 Jun 2016 09:24
Owens’ Record Here
Fiji Rugby Refree Manager Patrick Gock(left) with International referee Nigel Owen at the Nausori Aiport last night. PHOTO; ANASILINI RATUVA

 

The soon to be world’s most capped international rugby referee Nigel Owens arrived at Nausori International Airport last night.

The Welshman is here to referee Saturday’s Vodafone Flying Fijians clash against Tonga in the Pacific Nations Cup opener and also the first qualifying round of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. This will be Owens’ 71st Test match and he will surpasse Jonathan Kaplan’s 70 and add another milestone to his impressive list of achievements.

Speaking to SUNsports, Owens said all his years of refereeing internationally, this is his first time in Fiji.

“I haven’t been to Fiji, Samoa and Tonga and I’m looking forward to the game on Saturday,” he said.

“It will be my 71st cap and become the most capped international referee and what a better place to do it, but to do it in Fiji. I was always hoping to referee in Fiji before I finish refereeing but for it to become a record breaking as well makes it more special.”

However, Owens stressed that the focus is not about his 71st cap but to referee two great rugby nations of Fiji and their rivals Tonga which is far more important.

Owens made his debut in 2003 and he has reached the pinnacle of the game time-and-time again, having refereed high profile games from Heineken Cup finals and 6 Nations matches, to the Rugby Championship and the biggest one of them all; the 2015 Rugby World Cup final.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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