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Nigel Owens will be one of the officials of Wales vs France in the Six Nations

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Wales fans very rarely get to appreciate Nigel Owens like the rest of the rugby world.

That will change this weekend when the referee will be among the officials at the Principality Stadium.

Warren Gatland's side will be taking on France and depending on the result of England vs Ireland at Twickenham, second place in the Six Nations could be up for grabs.

Despite Les Bleus' surprise win over the Red Rose, the Welsh will be heavy favourites for Saturday evening's game after they dispatched Italy 38-14.

As for Owens, he will be found among the officials, despite normally having to steer clear of Dragons games for obvious reasons.

The rules stipulate that the referee, the two touch-judges, and the TMO cannot be from the same country as either of the two teams playing.

However, according to WalesOnline, the 46-year-old will take the role of fourth official, a post which is appointed by the home nation. There will be three assistants, all of whom are picked by the WRU.

Wayne Barnes - who will also be present in the capital - has done the same for England Tests in the past, but such is Owens' pedigree that he is usually too busy refereeing to fulfil such duties.

Owens will be fourth official 

In fact, the Welshman has now taken charge of more Six Nations matches than anyone else. On this occasion, Ben O'Keeffe of New Zealand will be the referee.

Against France, he has explained what his responsibilities will be, per the same source.

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"I'm on duty for Wales v France on Saturday," Owens said.

"I'm doing the number four role looking after the sin-binnings, the substitutions, the timings and everything like that for the game.

"I haven't been in Cardiff on a match day for quite a few years and I'm looking forward to being part of the occasion on Saturday."

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