Gardner given nod for Springboks clash with Ireland

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Australian Referee Angus Gardner has been appointed to officiate South Africa and Ireland’s clash in Johannesburg on Saturday 18 June, moving him into the top tier of referees.

The 31-year-old impressed World Rugby selectors with his performance during the Ireland and Italy clash in Dublin during the Six Nations and throughout the 2016 Asteron Life Super Rugby season.

Gardner’s match is the second Test in the three match series between the Springboks and Ireland.
Australian Rugby Union Head of Referees, Scott Young: “Our referees deserve praise for their efforts in 2016, with particular congratulations extended to Angus.

“Angus is the ultimate professional in regards to his physical and mental match preparation.

“Our aim is to ensure that our program is producing consistent world class referees in both women’s and men’s Rugby.”

Gardner’s appointment leads the charge for fellow Aussies Will Houston, Andrew Lees and James Leckie who have been given Assistant Refereeing responsibilities in June. Houston will officiate in the All Black’s first clash of 2016 against Wales at Eden Park.

Elsewhere, Western Australian referee Graham Cooper will cut his teeth at the World Rugby U20s Championship in Manchester in June.

In the Women’s World Series, Amy Perrett heads to North America for the next rounds in Atlanta, USA and Langford, Canada as the Qantas Australian Women’s team aims to continue their winning form.

Amy is still aiming to be named as an Olympic official for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with the announcement due in the coming months.

In other appointments, George Ayoub and Ian Smith have been named as TMO’s during the International window.