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Nigel Owens: The Final Whistle: The long-awaited sequel to his bestselling autobiography!

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Nigel Owens is a one-off, a top flight rugby referee who became the best in the world and remains one of the game’s most popular ambassadors. His pride in how locals in his home village have rallied around and taken delight at Owens' achievements comes across loud and clear in the book.

You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. He lives in Cardiff and has written two other popular books, Barry John: The King and Gary Speed Remembered.He rubbed shoulders with royalty, invited to a Buckingham Palace lunch with The Queen and Prince Philip, where they spoke to him about rugby. He was named UK Sports Journalist of the Year, Welsh Sports Journalist of the Year and Welsh Hall of Fame Sports Journalist. As such I can't thank enough those in the game who have been so supportive down the years, from players to coaches, to officials, to fans, to my employers at the Welsh Rugby Union. I'm just happy, however, if my own story helps others out there who might find things difficult from time to time.

Towards the end of the second half one of the players asked him if he could tell him when there were five minutes remaining and indeed repeated the request a little while later. There were periods when he took took many steroids or found comfort in eating too much and other passages in his life when bulimia affected him badly.

Had it not been for the heat sensors of a police helicopter he might have died alone that night on Mynydd-y-Ddraenen, the appropriately named Mountain of Thorns. This wasn’t the first time the police had been involved in a game officiated by Owens, although the other occasion was far from funny. The story of the second half of Nigel’s career as one of the most famous referees in World Rugby, and one of only two Welsh refs ever to officiate at a Rugby World Cup Final. The final chapter feels like a chatty letter to a friend, explaining worries about adoption and exactly where the farm is located (the reader could stop by using just the information provided).

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