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Farrell angered Australia with his challenge on Rodda .

Rugby fan has compiled footage of Owen Farrell's biggest 'thug' moments

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Being a rugby referee is a thankless task.

With the exception of the great Nigel Owens, very few of them are actually popular.

It's fair to say in recent England games, Owen Farrell has not made life easy for them either.

On the back of his controversial tackle against South Africa, the fly-half was at it again in the 37-18 win over Australia.

Farrell didn't seem to wrap his arms at all for his big hit on Izack Rodda, instead charging into the lock with his shoulders.

The Wallabies protested furiously, hoping for a penalty try and a yellow card.

Referee Jaco Peyper failed to give either, a decision Michael Cheika branded "ludicrous" afterwards.

Yet, Peyper has also attracted sympathy in some quarters. Former international referee Jonathan Kaplan explained in the Telegraph:

"He also got most of the key decisions right. In the first half, he made the correct call in response to Izack Rodda’s tip tackle on Elliot Daly, awarding a penalty – that Owen Farrell converted to extend England’s lead – without punishing the Australian with a card."

Australia were not happy the Farrell incident went unpunished

The reason Farrell's tackle has irked so many rugby fans, of course, is because it is not his first offence.

Springboks' André Esterhuizen was on the receiving end of one of his big hits just a few weeks ago, which some suggested should even have been a red.

Farrell has history 

In fact, the 27-year-old has cemented his reputation so much that one fan has compiled a video entitled 'Owen Farrell - Rugby's Biggest Thugs'.

It includes a number of his misdemeanours over the years playing for England, the Lions, and at club level with Saracens - and indeed, the infamous tunnel incident in the Six Nations against Scotland at Murrayfield.

Take a look at the footage below:

England fans will not be worried one bit if Farrell continues to shine, as he did with his try in the second half at Twickenham.

The Wallabies have endured an awful year and it was only to be expected that the hosts should triumph by a comfortable margin.

The real tests for the Red Rose will come later on. 

Do you think Farrell should have been penalised vs Australia? Let us know in the comments. 

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England Rugby
British & Irish Lions
Rugby Union
Owen Farrell
Saracens

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