Rugby Union referee Nigel Owens announces retirement

Referee Nigel Owens of Wales during the Heineken Cup Pool 5 match between Montpellier and Leicester Tigers at Stade Yves Du Manoir on December 15, 2013
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Rugby Union referee Nigel Owens confirms that he will take charge of his final match this weekend.

Rugby Union referee Nigel Owens has announced that he will take charge of his last game this weekend.

The 42-year-old Welshman became an international referee in 2005 before going on to officiate at both the 2007 and 2011 World Cups.

Owens, who came out as gay in 2007, will referee his final match on Saturday when Munster take on Toulouse in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals.


Owens was named 'Gay Sports Personality of the Year' by gay rights group Stonewall shortly after the 2007 World Cup.

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