Owens to break Kaplan's Test record

2016-03-30 17:34
Nigel Owens (Gallo Images)

London - Welsh referee Nigel Owens will take charge of a record 71st Test match when he officiates the June 11 encounter between Fiji and Tonga, World Rugby announced on Wednesday.

The match in Suva, Fiji's capital, will see Owens claim the record outright from South Africa's Jonathan Kaplan, who oversaw 70 matches during his career as a Test referee.

Owens, 44, has established himself as one of the most respected referees in rugby since his Test debut in 2003 and refereed New Zealand's victory over Australia in last year's World Cup final.

"It's an honour to be appointed to this important match and I will prepare in the same way as I always do," Owens said in a World Rugby press release.

"Indeed, every time I take the field as a referee it is an honour and even more so when it's a Test match.

"I don't think anyone goes into refereeing in order to break records like this, but I suppose what it says is that I've managed to stay at the top level of the game for a while now so there is a lot of satisfaction and pride that comes with that."

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