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Nigel Owens reveals the worst player he’s ever faced as he opens up about Dan Biggar and Maro Itoje – Page 3 of 3

4. Maro Itoje

OWENS SAID: “Itoje is someone who plays on the edge. That’s what makes him such a great player. He must be so difficult to play against, but he is also difficult to referee and I mean that with the utmost respect.

“He plays with passion and on the line. It’s hard to tell Itoje not to bring the same confrontation and aggression into the game as he usually does. It would take away from his game.

“You don’t want him to change the way he plays, but he has to choose when to gamble on the situation and when not to. And better understand the moments when you are under pressure and know when, if you take a risk and get it wrong, your team will find themselves in real trouble.”

#5. Peter Stringer and Ronan O’Gara

Owens said: “Sure! ROG and (Peter) Stringer, oh, when you had to referee them both together.

“However, I always got along well with both of them. I have enormous respect for them, but they made my days tough at times. They were lippy in a respectful way.”