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Despite being widely regarded as the best in the world, Owens won’t be in charge of a match until France host England on the final weekend of the tournament.

He’s widely regarded as the best rugby referee in the world, so why is Nigel Owens only in charge of ONE Six Nations match this year?

It’s a question Welsh fans were asking in increasing numbers as the tournament kicked off last weekend.


Owens will be the man in the middle for the France v England clash in Paris on the final Saturday in March, but other than that his contribution will be limited to running the line in the matches between France and Ireland this Saturday and England and Ireland at Twickenham on February 27.

When the tournament got underway last weekend Owens was nowhere to be seen, having overseen the Guinness Pro12 clash between Ulster and Dragons in Belfast last Friday night.

But Owens’ relatively fleeting involvement is not performance related.

Instead it is part of an attempt by governing body World Rugby to give more exposure to those referees who are considered one notch below the very highest echelon in the unofficial rankings.

Read more on Wales Online.