There’s no doubting that retired referee Nigel Owens is a legend of the game of rugby.
Owens was quick-witted throughout his 100 Tests in charge and nothing has changed now that he’s hung up his whistle and turned to farming.
Check out the first episode of this hilarious new YouTube show in which Owens referee takes a look at the week’s events.
Nigel Owens shared the pitch with some titans of rugby in his time as a referee, and in the first episode of his hilarious new show, Whistle Watch, he reveals who hit hardest.
World Rugby has teamed up with Owens to produce a brand new weekly YouTube show that takes a sideways look at the news from rugby, and beyond.
Viewers also have the chance to pick Nigel Owens’ brain and can submit their questions through social media.
In this week’s episode, Owens reveals the hardest tackle he ever saw on a rugby pitch – and gives an unlikely answer.
“I think that was probably on me!” Owens said.
“2010, South Africa against New Zealand in Soccer City in Soweto.
“Schalk Burger tackled Jimmy Cowan, but unfortunately he tackled me at the same time.”
Nigel Owens might be able to laugh about his collision with Burger, but he had little sympathy for Ireland flanker Peter O’Mahony, who was sent off during his side’s Six Nations defeat to Wales in Cardiff last weekend.
“Wayne Barnes quite rightly showed the red card because you cannot enter the ruck like that and make contact with the player’s head. Player safety is paramount,” he said.
“You have to enter the ruck and clear out on your feet. You come in low, take the player, your arms are out, move him out of the way. And, then if you go to ground afterwards, then that’s fine. But, you cannot enter the ruck like that, it’s dangerous and that is a red card.”