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“Mistake” – Rugby World Cup semi-final referee has history with Owen Farrell

Rugby World Cup referee Angus Gardner has openly acknowledged an error he made during a crucial 2018 match when he failed to penalize England’s captain, Owen Farrell, for what appeared to be a no-arms tackle on Andre Esterhuizen.

Gardner, widely recognized as one of the sport’s most esteemed officials, is slated to officiate the upcoming New Zealand semi-final against Argentina on Friday. However, he’ll be hoping to avoid a repetition of the significant controversy stemming from his prior decision.

In a subsequent discussion on the Will Greenwood Podcast a few days after the incident, Gardner candidly admitted that he had misjudged the situation by not penalizing the England fly-half, conceding that he should have awarded a penalty to the visiting team.

“I think in hindsight now, having discussed it with some other referees… I think the general consensus would be that a penalty was probably the outcome there that should have been given,” the referee said.

“I think we need to see a wrap with both arms, and I think in hindsight – although he got pinned – there wasn’t a big enough wrap from both arms, really. There was a wrap with one arm, but there wasn’t a wrap with the other arm.

“Of the angles that I was shown in the stadium at the time, that seemed to me to be enough of a wrap for me to constitute a legal tackle.

“It was never high, and so all we were looking at was the tackle technique. The collision itself also kind of swayed my decision because it was a big rugby collision, and we see these hits in the game.”

Three other players Owen Farrell hates:

Owen Farrell, the English fly-half, has gained a reputation for boldly voicing his viewpoints, particularly when directed at individuals he harbors adverse feelings for.

#1. Dave Attwood

Former England lock Attwood has opened up on the latest RugbyPass Offload about his ongoing rivalry with Owen Farrell.

He revealed: “On the pitch, I struggle a lot with Owen Farrell. We just don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things,

“He hates me with a passion. Despite my earthy roots, he thinks I am a posh c***. He hates that. I bagged rugby league once jovially. I was saying it to take the piss kind of thing, ‘a bloody sport for the peasants’. He f**kin’ hated it.”

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Dave Attwood facts:

He made 157 appearances in Blue, Black and White over an eight-year period during his first spell at Bath before returning in 2022

His debut came against Newcastle Falcons at the beginning of the 2011/12 season after arriving from Gloucester, scoring four tries in his first campaign

The lock quickly established himself as a key player in the Bath pack and excelled at international level too, with 22 of his 24 England caps coming whilst at the Re

The former England international has also played for Bristol (twice), Gloucester and Toulon during his established career