Rocky Elsom (76)
All Blacks selector Grant Fox has revealed that Welshman Nigel Owens will referee the Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham next Sunday morning (NZ time).
Fox said the All Blacks were told by World Rugby - before they beat South Africa 20-18 in this morning's semifinal in London - that Owens would take charge of the final, which will be against either Australia or Argentina, who play the second semifinal at 5am on Monday (NZ time).
The announcement is set to be officially revealed in the next 48 hours and Fox said the All Blacks were delighted with the decision - praising his communication skills and his ruling of the breakdown.
I'm glad Richie was let off - that elbow looks 50/50 to me but A) I like a bit of biff B) its the goddamn RWC final in what will be the last world cup of his career (as a player).
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