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Dickinson & Berdos to officiate in Lions tour

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 28 Apr 2009 at 08:34

It may be a showdown between the best in the northern hemisphere and the world champions, but don’t expect to see the world’s best referees in action when the British and Irish Lions tour South Africa.

JJ Harmse writes that Sport24 has reliably learnt that controversial Australian Stuart Dickinson and Frenchman Christophe Berdos have been appointed as referees for the Springboks’ three Tests in June and July.

Each one will officiate a Test and the top performer will take charge of the third Test.

The International Rugby Board (IRB) met at the weekend to discuss the referees, but no announcement has been made.

IRB referees boss Paddy O’Brien and the chairperson of the selection committee, David Pickering, have already met with team management of the Springboks and Lions to discuss the criteria for selecting the referees.

It was then decided that neutral referees from the IRB’s high performance panel should be used.

However, the majority of the referees are from South Africa or the four home unions, which only left French and Australian referees.

Berdos (39) has been a referee since 1988 and his breakthrough came in 2003 when he was a referee at the Under-19 world championships. His first Test was the one between Samoa and Tonga in 2006. He was a touch judge at the 2007 World Cup and officiated at the end of that year when the Springboks played the Barbarians at Twickenham.

His first Six Nations Test was between Scotland and Ireland last year.

While Berdos has only officiated in a few Springbok Tests, Dickinson is no stranger to South Africans.

The 41-year-old Aussie has officiated in 41 Tests and 70 Super games. He is one of the most experienced referees in the world.

While he commands respect as a referee and is Australia’s best referee by a distance, he is not a favourite among Springbok supporters.

He has dished out five yellow cards to Springboks and been involved in a few controversial incidents in matches South African teams played in.

The referees for the seven other matches on tour will be awarded on merit. That means South Africa’s best referees should all get opportunities to officiate in Lions games.


  • 😕 JJ Harmse 😕

    Personal Agendas don’t work.

    controversial Australian Stuart Dickinson…..

    While he commands respect as a referee and is Australia’s best referee by a distance, he is not a favourite among Springbok supporters…..been involved in a few controversial incidents in matches South African teams played in

    How many foreign referees are favourites of SA fans?
    How many foreign referees have not been involved in a controversy or two about a decision?

    Rather go write a piece about Pedrie, or Wynand or Morne or JP Nel having to be Springboks please. 👿

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.04.09 08:42:24 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :

    I agree. 👿

    I bet you most of the ‘controversial incidents’ JJ is referring to happened to his beloved Bulls team.

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.04.09 08:52:57 by wpw Reply
  • Dickinson has been one of the BEST refs over the past 2 seasons. I for one am actually delighted with his appointment.

    I have also witnessed FIRST hand, how well he gets on with the Sharks players. I had a drink with him last season after a Super 14 game at Kings Park and he’s a top bloke. Not that that is important. The most important thing is his ability as a ref and he has improved immeasurably over the last few years.

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.04.09 21:54:48 by Villie Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 2) : The most controversial incident involved PAUL HONISS and not Dickinson….an incident that I still can’t forgive him for!! 😉 😆

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.04.09 21:56:35 by Villie Reply
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  • Seems JJ Harmse needs to ask for his money back from his “reliable” source.

    The AFP reports New Zealand’s Bryce Lawrence will take charge of the first Test in Durban on June 20

    If he was upset about Dickinson he is gonna have a heart attack about Lawrence.

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.04.09 06:49:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • wasn’t dickinson the one who ruled that cueto did not score a try – doesn’t that count ❓ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.04.09 08:02:36 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 6) :

    Yip, you are 100% spot on.

    Dickinson was the TMO. I wonder how JJ felt about that “controversial” incident? 😆

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.04.09 08:10:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) :

    JJ? Ag I meant BB.

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.04.09 08:10:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • So much for unbiased reporting 😕

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.04.09 09:58:27 by Rahul Reply


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