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08.09.2019 04:53
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Nigel Owens told Sky Sports its important to give back to grassroots rugby, as the international game cant survive without it. It was announced on Tuesday that Owens will take charge of the first qualifier for the 2019 World Cup, a match between Jamaica and St Vincent and the Grenadines, taking place in Kingstown.The match is a far cry from the last international the Welshman officiated, the World Cup final between the All Blacks and Wallabies in October last year, but there is no danger of complacency from Owens as he watches over the sides ranked 78th and 79th in the world. Ive got to go out there and be professional and just do my job, Owens told Sky Sports.It doesnt matter what Ive achieved by refereeing the World Cup final or anything else, at the end of the day the people out there will expect me to referee this game on Saturday the same as any final, and thats what I will do. I think its important that whatever you achieve, not just in rugby but in any sport - or anything in life really - its so important that you never forget where youve come from and how you started. Nigel Owens I will go out there and do my best and I will prepare for the game the same way I would any other. The most important game is always the next game, and my next game is this Saturday.Whether its a World Cup qualifier, an under 16s game, an amateur game or the World Cup final I still enjoy every moment of it. Theres less pressure on you reffing games that arent the World Cup final, but its a different type of pressure. Theres still the pressure to perform.With New Zealand only crowned champions of the world a little over four months ago, the race has already begun to take part in the 2019 World Cup in Japan, and though qualification is a lengthy process, Owens is an advocate of giving all countries a chance to take part in the showpiece.Its great that teams and countries like this are given an opportunity to participate in the tournament in four years time. Owens last international appointment was the World Cup final at Twickenham on 31 October 2015 Not just for the players who get to play for their country but for the kids and schools within the community who will be watching the game too.His advocacy for an all-inclusive sport stems from his love of the amateur game, reminding us nobody starts at the top.I think its important that whatever you achieve, not just in rugby but in any sport - or anything in life really - its so important that you never forget where youve come from and how you started, said the 68-test veteran.Its nice to get the opportunity to put something back into the grassroots, and this is my chance to do that.There are two important parts to rugby. Youve got the top end which is the shop window, which gets people interested in playing the game, but that top end of international rugby cant survive without grassroots and the amateur community game. Its where we all start. Owens, here pictured with Bryan Habana, says the top flight of rugby cant survive without support for the grassroots game Its the top end of the game that gets all the coverage and income, which all then filters back down to keep the grassroots going of course, but thats where we all start. We all start in our local communities and clubs.The 44-year-old grew up watching his favourite sport in rugby-mad Wales, and has made sure to commit some time with the Kingstown community during his trip to promote the growth of the game.Ive got a few things Im doing while Im out there for the match. Im doing a couple of talks and Im visiting schools and clubs to do some question-and-answer sessions.Hopefully that wont just encourage people to watch the game, but also for some of the kids to participate in the game, and maybe encourage one or two of the youngsters who feel theyre not quite cut out for rugby, for whatever reason, to take up refereeing. Tuilagi joins England squad Manu Tuilagi joins Englands Six Nations training squad With visits to schools and the small matter of officiating Saturdays match, if Owens has any reservations about the latest international trip his whistle has bought for him, its down to the lack of seaside activities in the itinerary.I should have planned this better, I should have gone out there two weeks before the game and I would have had a week on the beach to get some colour!Its not a very big island, so wherever Im staying Im sure its only a couple of minutes from the beach so Im sure I will have a few hours of relaxation.Im just getting ready now to go out and do a training session before I leave for the Caribbean, which is going to be outside in the cold and wet, so itll be good on Thursday or Friday to go out on the beach and do some training with the sun on my back! 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He sustained a minor injury on international duty with Armenia in early October but hasnt even been in Uniteds 18-man squad for recent games.Thats some fall in status for a playmaker who had 23 goals and 32 assists for Dortmund last season, was the German leagues player of the year, and was widely touted as one of the shrewdest Premier League signings of the offseason.Mourinho said Friday that Mkhitaryan is not injured, and was just struggling to adjust to the English game.Some players find it very easy, whereas others need more time. They need time to feel the intensity, the aggression, the game without the ball and the competitiveness, Mourinho said.The realities are often diffferent, particularly in terms of the competitiveness.dddddddddddd It doesnt matter who you are against, you have to play at the highest level otherwise you will not be able to do it. Micki needs time to become the top player he knows he can be.That is nothing new to Mourinho.He said the same happened with Willian at Chelsea and Angel Di Maria at Real Madrid, in Mourinhos two previous coaching jobs.It happens with defenders, but it is often easier for them to adapt than attackers, Mourinho said. In Mickis case, the process was interrupted by injury, which does not help ... Being out for a month meant he has had to go through the process of getting match-fit, then once he has that he needs the competitive level to do it. We believe him and, sooner or later, there will be no problem.Before that first start for United in the derby, Mkhitaryan appeared three times as a second-half substitute. ' ' '

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