Nigel Owens – Respect
Nigel Owens MBE is a Welsh international rugby union referee. He is one of three professional referees at the Welsh Rugby Union.
02:07 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
04:44 Brian’s introduction.
05:26 The game of rugby and what it means to Nigel.
09:41The value of respect in the different culture of rugby from football (soccer).
13:41 What it is like to walk out as a referee on to the stage of a rugby field.
19:37 Known for his one liners.
25:24 How Nigel reads the temperature of a game of rugby.
29:04 The national rivalries taking place in sporting arenas.
32:11 TMOs, their use and value.
34:45 Rugby team management styles and importance of grass roots rugby.
39:49 Nigel talks proudly and passionately about Wales, the country and its language.
44:42 How Nigel came to be a referee.
49:00 Growing up in Wales, Nigel speaks out against bullying.
53:49 Mental turmoil in coming to terms with his sexuality and of a suicide attempt.
1:05:26 Further years of worry about possible consequences of coming out to the rugby community.
1:15:51 The response to him coming out.
1:17:45 Nigel talks of his journey in order to help others who struggle with mental health issues.
1:23:04 Communication by speaking to people, is key in sport, work and life.
1:26:32 Possible reasons for lack of gay players coming out in other sports.
1:32:33 Only when you are allowed to be true to yourself can you be the best at what you do.
1:37:03 The future of rugby in the context of safety in a hard, dangerous, contact sport.
1:41:59 Success secrets.
1:42:44 What we would be surprised to learn about Nigel.
1:48:02 Nigel’s sadness at not having children.
1:52:54 Phone call to the 20 year old Nigel Owens.
1:54:45 Best advice ever received.
1:55:50 Advice to the young man watching who wants to be a referee like Nigel or a rugby player.
1:57:19 Brian’s summing up.
Nigel Owen’s Book:
Half Time: My Autobiography
Rugby Union Officials (including TMOs)
Rugby Union in Wales
Six Nations Championship
Stonewall (Acceptance without exception)
Show Racism the Red Card
A Himitsu – Adventures
A Himitsu – Lost Within
Silent Partner – Walk With Me