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Referee Nigel Owens

Referee Nigel Owens

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Referee Nigel Owens will be the man in the middle at Thomond

Referee Nigel Owens will be the man in the middle at Thomond

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Referee Nigel Owens

Police have launched an investigation into alleged homophobic remarks on Twitter which were directed towards referee Nigel Owens, they said.

The comments were posted after he refereed the England v France RBS 6 Nations at Twickenham on Saturday, Dyfed-Powys Police said.

The force said in a statement: "This follows a number of complaints made by members of the public. The tweet concerned has now been removed from the page. The investigation is at an early stage."

England scored seven tries in beating France 55-35 in a dramatic contest, but were unable to overturn a pre-match 26-point deficit as Ireland clinched the Six Nations title on points difference.

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