United States: An Evening With Nigel Owens, International Rugby Referee
Last Updated: August 16 2017

LGBT+@Mayer Brown are delighted to invite you to their next event to mark International Coming Out Day with guest speaker Nigel Owens.

Nigel Owens is widely acknowledged as the best referee in rugby union. His decision-making, approach to dealing with players, knowledge and interpretation of the rules is acclaimed by players, coaches and commentators. He is also the sport's only openly-gay official.

Nigel quickly gained a reputation and won the respect of all involved in the game and mixed judicious rulings with humour and authority on the pitch. Privately however, Nigel struggled with conflicts between his sexuality and some of the attitudes in the world of rugby. Despite considering extreme courses of action, he eventually made his personal life public, and with the exception of some ignorant comments from the stands and on social media, was widely supported by figures within and outside of rugby.

Away from the pitch Nigel has gone on to host chat shows and quiz programmes for the Welsh-language broadcaster S4C, and is arguably rugby's most famous referee. When he was given charge of the 2015 World Cup final, approval of his appointment was almost universal and after the Australia/New Zealand game his role was praised by all.

Nigel speaks about his personal story, as well as the traits needed to command on the pitch, how to make tough decisions and deal with tough characters.

We look forward to seeing you there.


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