Wikipedia was at it again at the weekend after Angus Gardner, the referee in the Springboks' Test against England, had his entry edited to "reflect" his newfound "fame" in a uniquely South African way.

The tackle polarised opinion with England coach Eddie Jones describing it as a "good solid tackle" and former Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll saying the TMO got the decision "spot on", while former Ireland back Luke Fitzgerald, who was forced to retire at 28 with a neck injury, said that under the new interpretation of the tackle law it should have been a "minimum of a penalty.shocking adjudicating".


The 34-year-old Australian overshadowed the gritty but flawed battle at Twickenham with his handling of English flyhalf Owen Farrell's shoulder charge on Bok centre Andre Esterhuizen.

Brad Shields came "very close" to New Zealand selection before opting to represent England, according to All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster.

Elliot Daly landed England's other penalty from 50 metres, something he has consistently done for club side Wasps as Eddie Jones' men claimed back-to-back wins against the Springboks.


"As soon as anyone goes to the big screen you are [nervous]", Farrell told reporters.

"Why is it always the most important game?"

This was England's first match since Jones had brought former All Blacks coach John Mitchell into his backroom staff as defence supremo.


"If you watch at full speed, he has a big run up on me and we both bounce off each other and end up on the floor", Farrell said after the match. "He had a 30-metre run up at me so it was tough, we both popped up off each other and it is hard to keep that under control". "We didn't give", Jones said.

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