Monday 25 September 2017

WATCH - Nigel Owens seeking to contact the Leinster ball boy he yellow-carded to give him a special gift

Nigel Owens saw a funny side
Nigel Owens saw a funny side
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He is one of the most respected referees in the history of world rugby but Nigel Owens is also, and more importantly, a very nice human being.

The 45-year-old, who has spoken openly and heroically about his battle with depression and coming out to his family and friends as gay, is known for his common sense approach to officiating and his ability to diffuse any situation with humour.

There was another example of this last night during Leinster's facile 47-9 win over the Scarlets at the RDS.

The incident occurred with six minutes remaining when a ball was flung back in to play as the Scarlets prepared to take a penalty.

Unfortunately, the ball struck the referee in the back of the head.

He turned to the ball boy and immediately flashed a yellow card to the delight of the crowd.

As the Scarlets prepared to take the lineout, the pair shared a smile on the sidelines.

Watch the heartwarming moment below:

The exchange has gone viral and is being shared globally through social media.

Owens is seeking to find the ball boy so he can give him his jersey from the last night's encounter.

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