Under fire Gardner's next Test: Kenya v Germany

Angus Gardner (Gallo Images)
Angus Gardner (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Controversial Australian referee Angus Gardner’s next Test in charge is the encounter between Kenya and Germany in Marseille, France on November 23.

READ: Farrell off the hook after controversial hit

Gardner refereed this past weekend’s Test between England and South Africa at Twickenham and the match ended in controversial fashion when he opted not to award the Springboks a penalty after it appeared as though England flyhalf Owen Farrell had executed a dangerous no-arms tackle on Springbok replacement centre Andre Esterhuizen.

The Australian referee consulted Irish television match official Olly Hodges, but in the end took the decision upon himself and determined that the England co-captain had made enough of an effort to wrap his arms in the collision.

Gardner and his assistants - Jerome Garces from France and Ben Whitehouse from Wales - also failed to spot an apparent off-side and high tackle by England wing Jonny May in the build-up to Farrell’s hit on Esterhuizen.

In World Rugby’s list of appointments released in October, it was confirmed that Gardner would also be an assistant referee in Ireland’s clash with Argentina in Dublin this weekend (November 10), as well as the match between Wales and Tonga in Cardiff on November 17.

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