As the official sponsor of the International Rugby Board referees Specsavers tested the eyesight of referees before they took to the field for the 2013 Lions Tour.
Australian referees Angus Gardner (pictured receiving his eye test), Steve Walsh and Will Houston were on hand for the launch event at Specsavers Hunter Street store in Sydney CBD. So too were former Wallabies scrum half Nick Farr Jones and the voice of rugby Gordon Bray.
Nick Farr Jones said the Lions Tour is huge for Australian rugby. “It’s nearly as big as the World Cup – both only come around once every four years… my one big regret is that when I hung up my jersey, I hadn’t been part of a team that won a Lions Tour.”
Angus Gardner told the story of refereeing a game, when there was an up and under and he completely lost sight of the ball… “I was running around in no man’s land, looking around and the ball came directly down on my head. It was a little embarrassing – the players were cacking themselves,” he said.
It’s nearly as big as the World Cup – both only come around once every four years…
Gardner said he’s worn spectacles ever since he started as a ref, but when he’s on the field he always wears contact lenses.
“Refs cop enough from the crowd without showing them you wear glasses. I wear monthly contact lenses – the thing I like about them is you put them in and forget about them – they’re nice and comfortable,” he said.