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    Congratulations Angus Gardner

    Angus Gardner: Breaking the Super Rugby referees record and his double week of celebration

    Thu, May 23, 2024, 8:46 AM
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    Angus Gardner will become the most capped referee in Super Rugby history as the Australian breaks the record set by South African Jaco Peyper.

    Gardner will officiate his 115th game at the Super Rugby level when the ACT Brumbies take on the Melbourne Rebels.

    The 39-year-old has been a staple of Rugby around the world since his Super debut in 2012, one of few current referees to have officiated at three World Cups.

    He was awarded the 2018 World Rugby Referee of the Year award, going on to referee the 2023 World Cup semi-final between England and South Africa.

    ďRefereeing is one of those things that you do because you love so itís a really nice milestone thatís crept up,Ē he said.

    ďAs much as anything, itís just been an awesome journey. Itís interesting because when I did my 100th not so long ago, I said referring is as much about the people that helped you get there so I think whenever you achieve a milestone in refereeing itís great to acknowledge the people that have helped you get there.

    ďIíd certainly like to acknowledge Jaco (Peyper), whoís been a great servant of Rugby for many years and his records are a testament to the person he is and the referee he was.Ē

    Gardner was quick to credit those around him for getting to the record, most notably mentor John McCarthy.

    ďĎMací has been with me from the first game with the Reds-Rebels in 2012 all the way and even when I started off refereeing, heís been with me all the way on that development pathway," he said.

    ďI think when youíre with a person like that for so long, your relationship becomes much more of a life coaching relationship and thatís whatís incredibly special about what we have is he knows me like the back of his hand.

    ďThe stuff we talk about and deal with is much more related to the mindset and how I am as Iím heading into games as opposed to the more technical side of the performance.

    ďTo have someone that you can just ring up and bare your soul to is pretty amazing.Ē

    Gardner took up refereeing in 1999 at the age of fifteen and the nerves haven't subsided since his Super Rugby game between the Queensland Reds and Melbourne Rebels in Brisbane 13 years later.

    It comes part and parcel with the pursuit of the perfect game a referee will always chase but never achieve in everyone's eyes.

    ďI think thatís a good sign, maybe when the nerves arenít there itís probably a sign," Gardner said.

    ďI think the exception changes as well because when you start your career, youíre on this incredible journey and wave but as you become an established experienced referee, the expectation to perform at a high-level week in, week out is incredibly impotent and consistently so thatís really what Iíve tried to achieve and set myself towards being the best referee I can be every week.

    ďHopefully one day I have the perfect game.Ē

    As a result of some record inaccuracy, Gardner has had a fortnight of celebrations, initially believing he'd broken the record last week in Fiji before further games were found for Peyper as part of the short-lived Super Rugby unlocked.

    "Our refs donít get enough recognition for what they do in our game and heís done a lot to take the game forward," Reds co-captain Liam Wright said after the game.

    The slight delay allows Gardner, who brought up his 100th last April in Sydney, to celebrate the milestone with his loved ones and truly soak in what it meant to him.

    ďThe Dura kindly presented me with a jersey embroidered with the records on it so itís actually a pretty funny story when they came to present it, I had to say itís actually next week," he said and smiled.

    ďItís nice when some of your milestones are within Australia and family and friends can come down. My 100th was at Allianz and we had heaps of people coming out for that one and the family is coming down so itís really nice in that sense.

    ďItís a double week of celebrations which is rare.Ē

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    "the expectation to perform at a high-level week in, week out is incredibly impotent and consistently so that’s really what I’ve tried to achieve and set myself towards being the best referee I can be every week."

    Huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    "the expectation to perform at a high-level week in, week out is incredibly impotent and consistently so that’s really what I’ve tried to achieve and set myself towards being the best referee I can be every week."

    Huh?
    Wouldn't especially be a great marketing tool for getting more Refs into the Code...

    ("Marketing tool". Yes, intended )

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    "the expectation to perform at a high-level week in, week out is incredibly impotent and consistently so that’s really what I’ve tried to achieve and set myself towards being the best referee I can be every week."

    Huh?
    Do you never want to have sex again in life? Refereeing could be the job for you...

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