VIDEO: There was a lot of love for Nigel Owens following his Ray D'Arcy appearance 4 years ago

VIDEO: There was a lot of love for Nigel Owens following his Ray D'Arcy appearance

The Welsh referee stopped into RTÉ on his way back from refereeing Munster yesterday.

Nigel Owens is the most recognisable rugby referee around and he's become synonymous for his no nonsense refereeing as well as his clever on-field quips.

Last night he gave a very frank interview where he discussed his personal life, his refereeing career and some of the difficulties he has faced.

He also spoke very openly about his struggles coming to terms with his sexuality and the struggles he had with his mental health. You can watch the full interview on the RTE Player.

They couldn't let him leave without asking about his witticisms though, and Owens discussed some of his more famous moments on the pitch including his now patented phrase, "this is not soccer," which went down very well with the audience.

Here's a little clip of that moment.

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We highly recommend watching his full interview on the RTE Player here.

Nigel Owens is hugely popular and is very active on social media, especially Twitter, and the Twittterati of Ireland were very impressed with his interview last night.

Here is a snapshot of what was said.