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SA dominates 2009 S14 merit referee panel

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Original Content on 15 Dec 2008 at 07:54
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SANZAR have named nine referees for the 2009 S14 Merit Panel with a back-up panel set to help out when needed.

As expected South African referees have been awarded for their stellar performances throughout the season and fill the majority of the spots.

New Zealand referee of the year Bryce Lawrence is joined by Steve Walsh as the only two Kiwi refs on the panel with Australia’s three men on the panel being led by the experienced Stuart Dickinson.

The implementation of the merit panel by SANZAR earlier this year means referees will no longer be prevented from refereeing teams from their own country against teams from the other nations. The use of the panel is to ensure that the best teams would be refereed by the best officials.

Changes may be made to the Panel during the season after review of performance assessments by the referees’ selectors. In the 2008 S14, nineteen referees were used, that number should be significantly less this season.

Merit panel: (By Nationality)
Stuart Dickinson (Aus),
Matt Goddard (Aus),
James Leckie (Aus),

Bryce Lawrence (NZ),
Steve Walsh (NZ),

Marius Jonker (SA),
Craig Joubert (SA),
Jonathan Kaplan (SA),
Mark Lawrence (SA),

The panel will control at least 75% of the tournament’s matches while the two back-up panels of seven referees will be called upon to officiate when injury, Six Nations duties or unavailability make Merit Panel officials unavailable.

7 of the 11 RBS 6 Nations matches will be refereed by referees from this merit panel.

Rnd 1, 7/8 Feb:
England vs Italy – Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
Ireland vs France – Nigel Owens (Wales)
Scotland vs Wales – Alain Rolland (Ireland)

Rnd 2, 14/15 Feb:
France vs Scotland – George Clancy (Ireland)
Wales vs England – Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Italy vs Ireland – Chris White (England)

Rnd 3, 27/28 Feb:
France vs Wales – Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
Scotland vs Italy – Nigel Owens (Wales)
Ireland vs England – Craig Joubert (South Africa)

Rnd 4, 14/15 Mar:
Italy vs Wales – Alan Lewis (Ireland)
Scotland vs Ireland – Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
England vs France – Stuart Dickinson (Australia)

Rnd 5, 21 Mar:
Italy vs France – Alain Rolland (Ireland)
England vs Scotland – Joel Jutge (France)
Wales vs Ireland – Steve Walsh (New Zealand)

Shadow Panel (Alphabetical): Paul Marks (Australia), Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Ian Smith (Australia).

Reserve Bench (Alphabetical): Phillip Bosch (South Africa), Keith Brown (New Zealand), Vinny Munro (New Zealand), Nathan Pearce (Australia).


  • I think it is a good indication of the quality of NH refs if you look at how many of their games get reffed by SH refs. 🙁

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.12.08 08:05:33 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exwZeBJGI0U

    Steve Walsh and Sean Veldsman have a communication breakdown 😆

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.12.08 11:10:23 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Will any NH refs be involved in S14 matches?

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.12.08 11:30:13 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : goodness… I hope not :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.12.08 11:41:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) :
    😆 Ouch, man being in the public eye sure leaves one open and vunerable.

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.12.08 11:47:47 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 3) :

    Only if there is a plane crash carrying all the SH referees to some sort o0f convention. 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.12.08 12:19:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 5) :

    I actually think Walsh is more at fault there. 🙂

    He should just have let Veldsman finish what he wanted to say and then give the scrum.

    Veldsman could also have just NOT mentioned the way the White #6 entered the tackle.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.12.08 12:21:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : bite your tongue and spit

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.12.08 12:23:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : Like a guide dog convention?

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.12.08 12:26:10 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 9) :

    OR a Spec Savers sponsor’s Party.

    My first sponsored Kit was sponsored by Specsavers. 🙂

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.12.08 12:40:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) :
    Did you read the comments on the video – rubbing salt into the wounds of both of the refs.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.12.08 13:14:51 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 11) :

    yeah i did. 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.12.08 13:17:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Dunno if Walsh is still gonna be there come s14.

    Supposedly he’s been hitting the bottle of late and causing all sorts of issues.

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.12.08 15:13:50 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Soooooooo glad we no longer count JC Fortuin as one of our top referees…

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.12.08 15:14:17 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 13) : really?

    He was clearly drunk when he blew the 2007 final…

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.12.08 16:09:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) :

    Yeah supposedly so.
    Found this on the fern.

    Rugby: Time called on troubled ref Walsh
    4:00AM Sunday Dec 14, 2008
    By Gregor Paul

    Referee Steve Walsh’s future is uncertain after an incident at a Sanzar conference in Sydney. Photo / Brett Phibbs
    Professional referee Steve Walsh faces an uncertain future following an incident at the Sanzar conference for coaches and referees.

    The Herald on Sunday has been told that Walsh, now New Zealand’s longest serving referee, was accused of being drunk at a morning session of the conference early this month in Sydney.

    It is believed other participants told Walsh to leave that particular session. He is understood to have returned later in the day, where he was told not to attend the following day’s session which was for referees only.

    The matter is now an employment issue between Walsh and the New Zealand Rugby Union who have a policy of not commenting on personnel disputes.

    The incident is not the first time Walsh has been in trouble. At the 2003 World Cup he clashed verbally with English fitness trainer Dave Reddin. Walsh was the fourth official for the game between Samoa and England and told Reddin that he couldn’t let replacement player Dan Luger on to the field. When Walsh was ignored, he ended up in a spat with the Englishman and they were suspended for one and two games respectively.

    In 2005 the IRB punished Walsh after a complaint from the British Lions. In the game against Taranaki, Walsh penalised wing Shane Horgan for a knock-on and when the Irishman queried the decision, the referee abused him.

    The Lions complained and Walsh was not awarded any test appointments in the November window that year.

    There was more bad news for Walsh this year when he was not awarded any games in the June window or Tri Nations amid fitness concerns. Walsh, 36, admitted he had slipped and was a long way off the form and fitness he had shown at the 2007 World Cup where he was awarded, on merit, the semifinal between South Africa and Argentina.

    Walsh did prove his fitness but could not fulfil some November appointments after pulling his hamstring while refereeing in the Air New Zealand Cup.

    With a string of misdemeanours behind him, one source told the Herald on Sunday that he felt patience was wearing thin for Walsh.

    The source said that while Walsh had shown himself to be an excellent referee when he was fit and focused, there was growing concern about his attitude and ability to prepare and conduct himself in the appropriate professional manner.

    Walsh did not respond to a message left on his cellphone.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.12.08 21:33:34 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 16) : Oh ho ho! I feel feathers for him. Cheating Bulls-loving swine

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.12.08 22:09:33 by robdylan Reply
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