LEGENDARY rugby union referee, Nigel Owens, will be appearing at Chester Racecourse for a sporting dinner in order to raise funds for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.

The Welshman, who was considered one of the best in the game, continued to referee at the highest level until his retirement in 2020 and is still a hugely respected figure across World Rugby. The top official will be talking about the encounters and experiences from throughout his 20-year career at the event on Thursday, November 3.

Born and bred in West Wales he first picked up the referee whistle aged 16 after he was told he wouldn’t make it as a player. Nigel officiated his first international game in 2005 between Ireland and Japan in Osaka and he made his World Cup debut in 2007 in France. He also became the first person to officiate 100 test matches.

Awarded an MBE for services to sport in 2016, Nigel Owens is admired across the world, and was particularly known for displaying a dry sense of humour and sharp wit when dealing with players.

The two-course meal will be held in the Pavilion Suite at Chester Racecourse. The VIP dinner package gives attendees the opportunity to join Nigel Owens for a meet and greet drinks reception prior to the dinner.

For further information please contact Hospice of the Good Shepherd on 01244 851811 or visit the website www.hospicegs.com.