Bryce Lawrence nominated for NZ award

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content, RWC 2011, Springboks on 10 Nov 2011 at 13:47
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In news that will definitely not go down well with most Springbok rugby supporters Bryce Lawrence has been nominated as New Zealand’s referee of the year.

Lawrence will forever be remembered for his handling of this year’s RWC semi final between the Springboks and Australia when he allowed David Pocock free reign at the breakdown and was blamed for South Africa’s exit at the quarterfinal stage of the tournament.

The other nominees are former player Glen Jackson who only recently retired as a player to take up refereeing and New Zealand’s top female referee Nicky Inwood, which means Lawrence is probably a shoe-in for the award.


  • Give it to Inwood please?

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.11.11 13:49:12 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Bit of a joke isn’t it.

    Glen Jackson was bloody terrible refereeing in the ITM Cup.

    Just points out the state the NZ refereeing is in.

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.11.11 14:00:07 by hendrikp Reply

  • 😯 they kidding right? He made sure sa faced aus in the quarters and then made sure aus played nz in the semis! Obviously blew for nz without reffing any of their matches!

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.11.11 14:05:30 by Rahul Reply

  • I can’t see how anybody else could possibly be considered a better choice for New Zealand.

    Blew the Sharks out of the SR knockout and the Boks out of the World Cup

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.11.11 14:08:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • I would like to believe that rugby is devoid of cheats …

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.11.11 14:16:13 by Talent Reply
  • But it is the KIWI way…

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.11.11 14:19:55 by Talent Reply
  • Thanks Rob! This has got to be one of the worst decisions that has ever come out of the land of the long white cloud!

    What a joke! He is easily the worst referee around at the moment, and that takes a lot, bearing in mind the stiff opposition he has from Nigel Owens…..

    But then on the back of his game for Australia against us he gave the AB’s an easier run through to the Final..

    Perhaps the lady will win it, and because she’s better than the other two! She has my vote!

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.11.11 14:22:34 by Champion Shark Reply
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  • @Champion Shark (Comment 7) :

    Popularity contest, like most awards are involving the All Blacks.

    Nothing to do with his performances unfortunately.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Paddy O’Brien was the one to secure him that nomination.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.11.11 14:24:58 by hendrikp Reply

  • What, this was expected, Bryce did exactly what NZ expected of him… 😯

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.11.11 14:27:26 by Franshark Reply
  • 😯

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.11.11 14:30:00 by Franshark Reply
  • @hendrikp (Comment 8) :

    You’re gonna love this:

    IRB service award for Lawrence
    Mon, 24 Oct 2011 15:01

    Keith Lawrence, the former Test referee and retiring administrator, has been given the IRB’s Referee Award for Distinguished Service at its award ceremony in Auckland on Monday.

    A primary school teacher by trade, Lawrence became a first-class referee in 1971 and went on to become one of New Zealand’s leading test referees, controlling 14 tests from 1985 to 1991.

    He ended his first-class career on 99 games in 1992 and moved into rugby administration, joining the New Zealand Rugby Union in 1995 as a referee development officer based in the Bay of Plenty. He became manager of the New Zealand’s professional referees in 1996.

    In 2008 he left his post, succeeded by Colin Hawke, and took up the IRB post as its referee manager of the IRB Sevens World Series. Earlier this year he retired from the post and has been succeeded by Stave Lander of England.

    Keith Harold Lawrence was born in Auckland on 16 September 1944.

    He is the father of Bryce Lawrence who was one of the 10 referees at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.11.11 14:54:04 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 11) :

    Yeah they showed the IRB Awards live here in NZ.

    I remember cringing when they handed that one out 😯

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.11.11 14:56:45 by hendrikp Reply

  • The fool’s father is/was manager of NZ referees and is the guy behind the old Japie emails.

    Twat must be hereditary.

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.11.11 16:12:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • If the South Africans had any balls they’d see this as a declaration of war and go all out to hurt the Kiwis in every rugby encounter.

    The New Zealanders are taking the piss and we’re just bending and taking long deep ones. 👿

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.11.11 16:23:31 by Predawn Reply

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  • Bryce should win this one, he did exactly what his country needed of him, make sure the All Blacks biggest threat was eliminated

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.11.11 06:36:38 by Mutley Reply
  • Sir Bryce by a country mile. If he was an Englishman, he would either have received a medal or would have been knighted for his accomplishments re. the Springboks.

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.11.11 07:27:06 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • Look Bryce Lawrence isnt my favourite ref, and not just because of that quarter final. But I do think that he is probably over crticised in this country because of the high profile games that he seems to get which involve our teams. But if we honest the ONLY ref that is pretty consistent and allows the advantage to the team attacking is Mr Craig Joubert! The laws at the breakdown and scrum are quite rediculous and i hope the IRB clears it up soon! Personally id like to see the free kick and not the penalty used more…anyone remember what Super rugby was like when that was tried?? Most exciting comp in world rugby!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.11.11 07:55:01 by SheldonK Reply

  • New Zealand and Mr Lawrence are two peas in a pod…of course they are going to nominate him…after all, this year’s World Cup was won by him…after the Boks were eliminated, the real threat to the AB’s was gone. If he refs a Sharks game in next year’s Super 15 tournament, i am going to be very much sick.

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.11.11 08:13:37 by Anneleen Reply

  • And the bad news continues. Bryce has made the 10man merit panel for the SR comp next year. 🙁

    5 of the 10 are Saffas though. 😎

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.11.11 09:21:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 17) : You raise some good points!

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.11.11 09:28:59 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :
    Agree: Lawrence deserves the freedom of New Zealand and the right of prima nocte with any sheep of his choice due to his services to New Zealand rugby this year.

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.11.11 09:32:36 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 20) : I just got so annoyed at watching rugby this year and seeing the penalty count massively against the dominant and attacking team in the majority of the games. Yes Bryce is at fault but so too are a lot of referees. I say bring back the free kicks so that refs decisions dont impact games.

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.11.11 10:10:01 by SheldonK Reply

  • Funny how the gloss has come off the whole Southern Hemisphere thing since the “Suzie saga”, “Get those Yarpies”, the Oceana voting cover up for South Africa’s first Football World Cup and the Bryce Lawrence reffing debacle and subsequent thumbs-up from his cronies in NZ…..

    …there is a sense of criminal sleaziness when I think of that side of the world…it’s really an uncomfortable and unpleasant feeling.

    I once reserved my distaste for all things English but have done a complete reversal on that initial stance since the last few seasons of sitting through dozens and dozens of hours of outright biased commentary and reffing in the Super Series and Tri-nations.

    The taste in my mouth reeks of something fishy. 😡

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.11.11 10:56:51 by Predawn Reply

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  • @Predawn: they keep on getting away with it 😐

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.11.11 11:08:00 by bergshark Reply

  • Firstly if the whole Suzi thing was true in 95, why didn’t they just send the food or them self to be tested. Just sounds like and excuse to me. New Zealand will never be the World Champions for me because there was to much controversy surrounding the tournament. My friend told me New Zealand will win the World Cup and the IRB will make sure of it and I’m beginning to think he was right

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.11.11 08:12:21 by Mutley Reply
  • @Mutley (Comment 25) :

    The whole issue of the 1995 RWC reeks of immaturity from the Kiwis. It’s shocking to think that they think that they have an air of entitlement to digress when they lose and then go on air and openly chastise South Africa if we have reason to challenge a very suspect reffing display which was witnessed by the whole world. The Boks are too honest and the Australasians know it and work off of it to get the close decisions.

    SARU are weak and cowardly and it saddens me that they bow to money over loyalty to the colours of our Bok jersey.

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.11.11 07:34:27 by Predawn Reply

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