Gay referee Nigel Owens, who took charge of the weekend's Bledisloe Cup encounter between the Wallabies and the All Blacks, shocked the world of rugby yesterday by openly admitting that he was Welsh.
A professional referee for 5 years, Owens, who will be the only openly Welsh referee at the forthcoming Rugby World Cup, confessed that he had struggled to come out in a sport dominated by Southern Hemisphere nationalities.
"It's such a taboo being Welsh in my line of work. Not only am I not an Aussie or a Kiwi, I'm not even English. I had to think long and hard about coming out as Welsh because I didn't want to jeopardise my career, " he said.