Welsh Test referee Nigel Owens has jumped to the defence of a young rugby player who was told he is too “big” to play the game.
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Owens, who handed 100 Tests before hanging up his whistle, responded to a viral post from Mark Pugsley, who was told that his son Alfie shouldn’t play in the under-12s and that he isn’t “healthy”.
Pugsley said he had to “remove a post from Facebook as an idiot commented” about Alfie, adding if “only people knew how hard he works to get fitter and how low his confidence has been”.
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Owens responded with words of encouragement for Alfie, telling him to “keep enjoying the rugby”, to “keep smiling” and that he is “doing well”.
Nigel Owens promised to referee one of Alfie’s matches
He also promised to referee one of Alfie’s matches in the future.
Pugsley’s post went viral in a matter of hours and at the time of publishing, the tweet had been retweeted 13 400 times, had over 11 000 replies and nearly 220 000 ‘likes’.
As reported by The South African website, at least two of the comments came from Springbok props Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira and Ox Nche.
Keep playing, Alfie!
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