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Referee for opening Lions test… Bryce Lawrence!


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :2009 Lions Tour, In the news on 29 Apr 2009 at 06:45
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The International Rugby Board has announced the appointment of Match Officials for the Castle South Africa 2009 Lions Series.

IRB High Performance Referee Panel members Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand), Christophe Berdos (France) and Stuart Dickinson (Australia) will take charge of the three Test matches.

SA Rugby reports that Lawrence will take charge of the first Test in Durban on June 20, with Berdos refereeing the second Test in Pretoria on June 27 and Dickinson the third Test in Johannesburg on July 4.

The trio will form a neutral Test panel that will also include specialist Assistant Referee Vinny Munro (New Zealand) for the first Lions Tests on South African soil for 12 years.

The appointments were made after a meeting of the IRB Referee Selection Committee, chaired by WRU Chairman David Pickering, in Dublin over the weekend.

“We met with the Lions and South Africa team management last month and all were in favour of the appointment of neutral match officials for the Test series,” said IRB Referee Manager Paddy O’Brien.

“Bryce, Christophe and Stuart are all highly experienced members of the IRB’s High Performance Referee Panel with nearly 80 internationals between them. They are relishing the opportunity to take their place in Lions history.”

The IRB has also announced a strong match official line up for the seven provincial tour matches. The panel is merit-based and features IRB High Performance Referee Panel members.

South African Marius Jonker will get the series underway when the Lions play a Highveld XV in Rustenburg on May 30.

Craig Joubert (South Africa), Wayne Barnes (England), Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa), Mark Lawrence (South Africa) and Nigel Owens (Wales) will also take charge of provincial matches, while Rugby World Cup 2007 Final referee Alain Rolland will referee the match between the Lions and Emerging Springboks in Cape Town on June 23.

The Assistant Referees for the provincial matches will be South African officials from within the IRB Panel and these will be confirmed in due course.

The official appointments to date are as follows

 

Date

Match

Venue

Referee

Ass. Ref 1

Ass. Ref 2

TMO

May 30

Royal XV

Rustenburg

M Jonker

Jaco Peyper

R Rossouw

S Veldsman

June 3

Xerox Lions

Johannesburg

C Joubert

W Barnes

M Jonker

J Meuwesen

June 6

Free State Cheetahs

Bloemfontein

W Barnes

M Lawrence

C Joubert

J Meuwesen

June 10

Sharks

Durban

J Kaplan

W Barnes

J Peyper

S Veldsman

June 13

Western Province

Cape Town

M Lawrence

W Barnes

C Wessels

S Veldsman

June 16

Southern Kings

Port Elizabeth

N Owens

A Rolland

C Wessels

J Meuwesen

June 20

South Africa (1st Test)

Durban

B Lawrence

S Dickinson

V Munro

C Berdos

June 23

Emerging Springboks

Cape Town

A Rolland

N Owens

C Joubert

S Veldsman

June 27

South Africa (2nd Test)

Pretoria

C Berdos

B Lawrence

V Munro

S Dickinson

July 4

South Africa (3rd Test)

Johannesburg

S Dickinson

C Berdos

V Munro

B Lawrence



6 Comments

  • If BB Harmse had his nickers in a knot over Dickinson’s appointment http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2009/04/28/dickinson-berdos-to-officiate-in-lions-tour/ then he better take them off before he finds out Lawrence is reffing the opening test. :smile:

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.04.09 06:47:24 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Match officials for the Tests.

    June 20 South Africa v Lions (1st Test) Durban
    Referee: Bryce Lawrence
    ARs: Stuart Dickinson Vinny Munro
    TMO: Christophe Berdos

    June 27 South Africa v Lions (2nd Test) Pretoria
    Referee: Christophe Berdos
    ARs: Bryce Lawrence Vinny Munro
    TMO: Stuart Dickinson

    July 4 South Africa v Lions (3rd Test) Johannesburg
    Referee: Stuart Dickinson
    ARs: Christophe Berdos Vinny Munro
    TMO: Bryce Lawrence

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.04.09 07:28:34 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Match officials for the Emerging Springboks match.

    June 23 Emerging Springboks v Lions Cape Town
    Referee: Alain Rolland
    ARs: Nigel Owens, TBC
    TMO: TBC

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.04.09 07:29:33 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Okay I have added ALL the referees to the article now. :wink:

    Kaplan reffing the Sharks Game. :cool:

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.04.09 07:45:40 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Brycie just keep coming back – it could be a good thing.

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.04.09 07:50:54 by rekinek Reply
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  • Is it just me? (No it isn’t)

    Or is it strange the way that SARU keep refering to the team as South Africa and not the Springboks, yet they keep refering to the Emerging Springboks?

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.04.09 07:50:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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