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Angus Gardner is one of the world’s best rugby union referees. Discover his distinguished and decorated career with RugbyPass, your resident rugby gurus.

Angus Gardner Bio

Angus Gardner is an elite rugby referee who has officiated games on the world’s biggest stage. He was also named as the World Rugby Referee of the Year in 2018. Andgus Gardner was inducted into the RugbyPass Hall of Fame in 2021.

Born 24 August 1984, Angus Gardner started refereeing at the age of 15 when he injured his back. Following this, he progressed through the system and was eventually rewarded with a full-time contract in 2015.

Prior to this, Angus Gardner had already enjoyed a successful career as an official. In 2011, he was appointed to his first test match, which was between Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu in the Oceania Cup. The following year, he took charge of his first Super Rugby game, which was contested by the Queensland Reds and the Melbourne Rebels.

Ever since, Angus Gardner has experienced considerable success. He was appointed to the IRB Junior World Championship in 2012 and 2014, and he even took charge of the semi-final between England and Ireland in the 2014 edition of the tournament. At the 2015 Rugby World Cup, he was selected as an assistant referee.

In 2016, Angus Gardner then broke through at tier one test level. Since, he has refereed in all the major test match windows, including the Six Nations Championship and The Rugby Championship. On top of this, he took charge of the 2018 Super Rugby final and was named as the World Rugby Referee of the Year. He then refereed at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Still only young and with many years of refereeing ahead of him, we can’t wait to see the other finals and big occasions Angus Gardner will officiate in.