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Nigel Owens Reveals his Dream XV that he refereed

by Saba Gulmagarashvili

The legendary Welsh referee intends to continue refereeing at a local level in Wales, but has retired from international rugby and will not be there for the 2022 Six Nations.

Owens, who refereed his 100th test match in 2020, is regarded as one of the best referees in the rugby union.

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Here, is the dream XV he selected for Wales Online:


Stuart Hogg (Scotland)
Bryan Habana (South Africa)
Shane Williams (Wales)

Owens Comment:

 “How can you fail to be impressed when watching Hogg play. He’s so exciting.”


“Nobody would fancy defending against a back three of Shane, Hogg and Habana, I can tell you that.”


“He was in the mould of Gerald Davies in how he left defenders gasping for air as he beat them with those dazzling sidesteps.”

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Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)
Ma’a Nonu (New Zealand)

Owens Comment:

“Not only is he one of the greatest centres in the history of rugby union but he’s a fantastic man off the field as well. O’Driscoll has been a wonderful ambassador for the sport and a real leader.”


“He’s another brilliant player and after every game, win or lose, he would come up and give me a hug. Ma’a has always found time at after-match functions or at breakfast if we’ve been staying at the same hotel to come over and have a chat.”



Dan Carter (New Zealand)
Agustin Pichot (Argentina)

Owens Comment:

“There are lots of outside-halves who have been great, but not one who has done it over so many years like Carter.”


“Pichot and Felipe Contepomi were the ones who helped transform Argentina into one of the greatest sides in the world. He was an architect behind their march to the World Cup semi-finals in 2007, which set the trend ahead of their excellent showing in the 2015 tournament, too.”



Gethin Jenkins (Wales)
John Smit (South Africa)
Phil Vickery (England)

Owens Comment:

 “He rarely smiles but has been a terrific player at loose-head prop. When I’ve penalised him and he’s smiled, I know I’d got the decision right!”


“He led the Springboks to success at the 2007 World Cup in France and against the 2009 Lions and is probably one of the greatest captains I have dealt with.”


“I always had a lot of time for him, found him a decent man, a good player to referee. He wasn’t one of those who would whinge at decisions, he would accept the call and get on with it.”

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Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
Paul O’Connell (Ireland)

Owens Comment:

“A man of few words, he does his talking on the field with his actions. Not only is he a brilliant player and a very good captain but I don’t think I have reffed a match where he hasn’t given absolutely everything.”


“Quite simply he was just an exceptional leader. I have been in charge of games where he pretty much carried his team, whether it was Munster or Ireland, almost on his back and onto victory.”



Thierry Dusautoir (France)
Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
Sergio Parisse (Italy)

 “He was right up there as one of the best captains I have refereed and we greatly respected one another.”


 “If anybody had to pick the greatest player in history, it would surely be a difficult choice between him and Gareth Edwards.”


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.”

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