Ref pre-test praise

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Auck­land: Rugby ref­eree Nigel Owens has praised the All Blacks dur­ing test week, talk­ing about their in­cred­i­ble run of vic­to­ries. The 45-year-old Welsh­man will ref­eree the All Blacks’ third Bledis­loe Cup test match against the Wal­la­bies in Auck­land on Satur­day. Ap­pear­ing on the Paul Henry Show yes­ter­day, Owens said the All Blacks are clearly a step ahead of the chas­ing pack in world rugby. “They’ve been con­sis­tently good, haven’t they,” Owens said. “There’s been other teams, I think if you go back to South Africa, they had a long un­beaten run, I can re­mem­ber back to 2009... they were hugely dom­i­nant in that pe­riod of time as well. “But ob­vi­ously, if New Zealand win on Satur­day they take the record of 18 wins and that will an­swer the ques­tion for you re­ally.” - Stuff

Nigel Owens.

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