Charismatic Welsh referee Nigel Owens emerged one of the heroes as the post-World Cup gongs were handed out in London

Hours after winning plaudits for the way he handled the Rugby World Cup final, Welsh referee Nigel Owens was handed the World Rugby Referee Award.

The Welshman won the gong at the star-studded World Rugby Awards ceremony at Battersea Evolution in London on Sunday.


Owens became the seventh referee, and second Welshman, to take charge of a Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham on Saturday.

The 44-year-old is a veteran of three Rugby World Cups and 68 test matches and is the most experienced member of the current referee panel.

Jérôme Garcès, of France, and Alhambra Nievas, of Spain, were also nominated for the award but Owens was the winner.

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