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Mark Lawrence announces Test-retirement

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content on 12 Sep 2011 at 14:51
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South African referee Mark Lawrence has announced his retirement from Test refereeing. He will be concentrating on his new role as a coach and mentor to emerging refereeing talent.

This announcement was made on Monday following discussions with Andre Watson, the main man for Referees in Southern Africa. His final Test match was the World Cup warm up match between USA and Canada in August.

He has refereed 27 international Test matches as well as career highlights such as the Currie Cup final in 2007 and the 2008 Super 14 final.

We wish him all the best in his new venture and we hope he brings through some ‘Professional’ referees to take the mantle.


  • Still one of my favorite refs!

    He probably deserved to go to the WC ahead of Kaplan who’s been poor of late.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.09.11 14:56:34 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Also one of my favourites! Wishing him well!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.09.11 15:14:24 by Ice Ice Bokkie Reply
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  • Damn!I think he is a really good ref. Deserves more matches – especially compared to some of the muppets out there.

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.09.11 15:18:11 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Comment 4, posted at 12.09.11 15:24:46 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Thats terrible news.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.09.11 15:25:32 by billy Reply

  • I’m really heartened by the fact that he’ll be mentoring other refrees.

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.09.11 15:48:01 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Pity – Lawrence is a good ref.

    Talking of muppets. Keo reckons Wayne Barnes is the best referee in the world. 😕 We need a WTF emoticon on here.

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.09.11 15:57:43 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Lol

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.09.11 16:02:38 by bergshark Reply

  • Don’t like andre watson_ never really did.

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.09.11 16:05:55 by bergshark Reply

  • Go well Mark. 😯 🙁

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.09.11 16:22:47 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Wonder how long before he quits provincial rugby?

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.09.11 16:31:01 by bergshark Reply

  • Good luck Mark! One of the best refs in the world imo!

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.09.11 16:48:34 by Ben Reply
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  • Hopefully he won`t quit provincial rugby yet . . .

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.09.11 16:54:20 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • The best referee to not make the RWC. He should have been there if not for the stupid rule of 2 people from each country max. I suppose how else would Brycie’s father manage to get him to the RWC. 🙁

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.09.11 19:39:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I’ll miss his refereeing. Still remember when a couple of senior Boks were throwing handbags in a CC game and he completely diffused the situation by calmly saying to both parties “Come on guys, you’re better than that.”

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.09.11 06:54:52 by King Shark Reply
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