Australian Referee Angus Gardner has won the World Rugby Referee of the Year Award in Monte-Carlo overnight.
Gardner was recognised at the awards for his exceptional performances over 2018 which have included the 2018 Vodafone Super Rugby Final, as well as major Test matches between, Ireland and England, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as England and South Africa at Twickenham earlier this month.
The 33-year-old made his professional refereeing debut in 2012 when he refereed the Queensland Reds against the Melbourne Rebels in Brisbane and has to date officiated 61 Super Rugby matches and 16 Tests.
Gardner is the leading professional referee at Rugby Australia alongside Nic Berry, Amy Perrett and Damon Murphy.
Rugby Australia Head of Referees, Scott Young said: “On behalf of the Australian Rugby Community I would like to congratulate Angus on winning the World Rugby Referee of the Year Award.
“Angus continues to show the way for Referees coming through our system. His professionalism on and off the field is second to none and he has shown throughout this year that he can handle the big moments in any match.
“As a refereeing team we are incredibly proud that one of our own has been recognised by World Rugby at the game’s highest awards.”
This weekend sees two Aussies in action with the whistle at the HSBC Dubai Sevens with Madeline Putz (Western Australia) and Damon Murphy (Queensland) officiating throughout the tournament.
In other awards for Australian Rugby, former Qantas Wallabies Stephen Moore picked up the International Rugby Players (IRP) Special Merit Award.
Moore travelled to Monaco following an appearance for the Classic Wallabies in NSW's Central West, where he and his fellow teammates turned out in an exhibition match to help support grassroots Rugby in the local area.