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World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont has paid tribute to rugby’s revered centurion referee Nigel Owens, who just lately introduced his retirement from the worldwide stage.
Following a stellar check profession, spanning 17 years and 210 matches in whole, together with precisely 100 as referee, Owens who is among the greatest identified, liked and embellished personalities within the sport has referred to as time on his worldwide profession.
Owens reached the very pinnacle of the sport when taking cost of the Rugby World Cup 2015 remaining between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham and obtained the World Rugby Referee Award a day later.
Undoubtedly one of many sport’s most enthusiastic and well-renowned ambassadors, he turned the primary referee to take cost of 100 assessments when he blew the whistle for France vs Italy within the Autumn Nations Cup in Paris on 28 November, 2020, 17 years after his check debut in February 2003 when he was within the center for Portugal versus Georgia in Lisbon.
Owens refereed his fiftieth check on 24 November, 2012 when he took cost of Ireland vs New Zealand in Dublin, and he surpassed Jonathan Kaplan because the most-capped referee along with his 71st check match on 11 June, 2016 when Fiji hosted Tonga in Suva.
Beaumont mentioned: “Nigel has been a improbable ambassador for rugby, each on and off the pitch, turning into some of the recognisable, revered and celebrated people within the sport over the previous twenty years.
“What makes Nigel so particular just isn’t solely his exemplary worldwide refereeing profession, but additionally his contribution to the sport and society as a task mannequin of rugby’s distinctive values of integrity, ardour, solidarity, self-discipline and respect.
“On behalf of World Rugby I wish to thank Nigel for his unimaginable dedication, dedication, ardour and love for the sport, which led him to the top as referee of the Rugby World Cup 2015 remaining and a really nicely deserved World Rugby Referee Award.
“Players, coaches and everyone involved in the international game will certainly miss his wonderful sense of humour and the positive attitude and unique spirit with which he applied himself to all 100 of his record-breaking test matches as a referee. He will rightly be regarded as one of the very best ever.”
Owens, talking in a Welsh Rugby Union video, mentioned: “Nobody has a divine proper to go on endlessly. There comes a time the place it’s time to maneuver on so the refereeing at a check match stage will come to an finish now. To exit on 100 is an efficient time to go.
Reaching 100 caps is a milestone and one thing I’m happy with, however extra importantly I’ve made my household and neighborhood proud as nicely. I wouldn’t change one factor, from travelling all around the world for the most effective a part of the final 20 years to being concerned in a few of rugby’s best events.
“One of a very powerful values and ethos’ of rugby union is the worth of respect. Rugby I imagine upholds a practice and worth of respect higher than another sport on the earth. There’s lots of issues that rugby wants to enhance and do higher, however one factor it definitely does lead on is inclusiveness, range, truthful play and equality for all and that’s one thing that I’m very proud to be a part of in rugby.
Nigel Owens’ profession in statistics
Tests as referee: 100
Tests as assistant referee: 101
Tests as TMO: 9
Yellow playing cards: 59
Red playing cards: 3
First yellow card: Daisuke Ohata (Japan, v Ireland on 12 June, 2005)
First crimson card: Napolioni Nalaga (Pacific Islanders, v France on 15 November, 2008)
Tries scored in his 100 assessments: 501 – each check has had no less than one strive scored in it
Points scored in his 100 assessments: 4,632
Four Rugby World Cups
Rugby World Cup matches as referee: 19
Record-holder for many Six Nations matches as referee: 21
World Rugby Referee Award recipient in 2015
Number of groups refereed: 25
In chronological order: Portugal, Georgia, Japan, Ireland, Argentina, Samoa, Uruguay, Italy, Australia, Morocco, England, New Zealand, Scotland, Romania, Fiji, France, Pacific Islanders, South Africa, Russia, Canada, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Tonga, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Jamaica.
Team refereed essentially the most: New Zealand, 25 assessments from 2007-19.
Top 5 groups by Tests: New Zealand (25), England and France (24), Ireland (20), Australia (19)