Pic: Nigel Owens might struggle to make the Leinster game tonight and he’s blaming Ryanair 6 years ago

Pic: Nigel Owens might struggle to make the Leinster game tonight and he’s blaming Ryanair

But don’t worry, Aer Lingus might be about to save the day.

Leinster take on Zebre in the Guinness PRO12 tonight, with well-known and highly regarded referee Nigel Owens set to be on officiating duty at the RDS.

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Or at least he will be if he can make it there on time, because he’s run into a little trouble with his travel arrangements from the UK this morning.

Owens revealed on Twitter that he was due to fly to Dublin from Bristol with Ryanair this morning, but was not allowed board the flight without his passport having thought that he only required a valid ID to travel.

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Despite plenty of support from his followers, who were only too keen to rant about the airline, Owens’ appeals for help from Ryanair fell on deaf ears, much to his frustration.

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Shortly afterwards, however, Aer Lingus stepped in and offered to help.

We obviously have no idea of the conversation that ensued over Direct Message, here’s hoping that some sort of arrangement can be made and Nigel will make it to the RDS on time tonight.

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If all else fails, Leinster themselves might be able to come to the rescue.

UPDATE: Aer Lingus have it all taken care of and they've got a new friend in Nigel Owens.