World Class referee Nigel Owens will be the man in the middle as Clontarf Rugby welcomes the world famous Barbarians to Castle Avenue…

Clontarf Rugby are delighted to announce that Welsh referee Nigel Owens has been confirmed to take charge of the Dankse Bank Challenge between Clontarf and the Barbarians on April 23rd in Castle Avenue. Kick-Off is 5.30pm.

Owens, also a television presenter in his native Wales, is one of the most recognisable referees in world rugby and was the only Welsh referee at the 2007 and 2011 World Cups.

He has taken charge of many of Ireland’s high-profile games and made headlines in 2012 by addressing a player who was acting up with the line “This is not soccer”.

The evening before the game, April 22nd, the club will be hosting “An Evening with Nigel Owens” in a purpose built marquee that will be in place for the duration of the 2014 celebrations in the club.

Tickets for the event are priced at €;20 and are available from behind the bar in the Clontarf Rugby Club, or by calling the office on 01-8336214.