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Nigel Owens reveals what the Six Nations referees discussed at recent meeting

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Nigel Owens is widely known for being one of the most respected referees throughout the world of rugby union.

During his recent appearance on the Daily Telegraph's Brian Moore Full Contact podcast, Owens revealed that he, along with a number of Six Nations referees, recently met during at a two-day camp in Australia to discuss a major topic for debate.

Crooked feeds into the scrum was a part of the game that came under much scrutiny from officials during this year's Six Nations tournament, prompting heated discussions/arguments from fans and pundits alike.

Owens said that referees will continue to focus on cracking down on scrum-halves who appear to put the ball in at dubious angles during set-pieces.

He revealed that in the camp, officials analysed the recent Autumn internationals and Six Nations to look at how referees are officiating the game well and where can be improved, particularly in the scrum.

The veteran referee said: "In all fairness, I think the scrums are pretty positive at the moment. In general, the scrums are a positive part of the game and we are continuing to work hard on that.

"As a group of referees, we need to stay focused and pick up those crooked feeds that we miss from time to time. I think during the Six Nations you did see quite a few free-kicks, more than you would have seen in previous tournaments.

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"It is something we are focused on and how referees can work as a team with assistant referees in getting those blatant feeds that from time to time we miss.

"It is a helpful camp and very beneficial to us referees and I am sure it is beneficial to the game because the better we perform as referees, then hopefully that contributes to the games as well."

The 46-year-old has helmed the referee's jersey on a number of big occasions, taking charge of World Cup finals, Six Nations clashes, as well as many games in domestic competition.

The Welshman even holds the record for the most number of test matches refereed, dictating 76 in his career. 

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