Nigel Owens to referee World Cup final

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The 44-year-old from Wales is a veteran of 67 tests and will become just the seventh referee to do the job, following in the footsteps of Kerry Fitzgerald (1987), Derek Bevan (1991), Ed Morrison (1995), Andre Watson (1999 and 2003), Alain Rolland (2007) and Craig Joubert (2011).

His experience and his consistency over many years, as well as his excellent form during the build-up to and during RWC 2015, has won him selection to the pinnacle match in the sport at the end of a tournament in which the high quality of officiating has been a feature.

Owens said being awarded the final was a huge honour and a priveledge.

“I am humbled to have been chosen to referee the Rugby World Cup final," he said.

"This is my third World Cup and I think it has been the best. It has been inspirational. The quality of rugby on display has been incredible in front of packed venues and so to be given the opportunity to referee the final match between the best two teams in the tournament is an amazing honour."

Owens will be assisted on the line by Jérôme Garcès of France and England’s Wayne Barnes with Shaun Veldsman of South Africa being the television match official.

The night before, at The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, Argentina will take on South Africa in the bronze final and John Lacey of Ireland will take charge of that match.

His assistant referees will be Glen Jackson and Chris Pollock, both from New Zealand.