Richard Ferguson

Lawrence relieved of SA duty

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, RWC 2011, Super Rugby on 24 Jan 2012 at 12:18
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Bryce Lawrence, the referee who many feel cost the Springboks a spot in the Rugby World Cup semi finals last year, will not be asked to travel to South Africa to cover SupeRugby matches in the Republic.

NZRU Referee of the Year for 2011, Lawrence has been given matches only in Australia and New Zealand, as SANZAR felt that they do not need any distractions from the game which might be caused by Lawrence coming to South Africa.

Lawrence has been attacked and threatened in various ways, from hatred Facebook groups to our own former captain John Smit saying that the best part of being retired was to never have to play a game in which Lawrence was the referee.

I think we can all heave a heavy sigh of relief, even though it does not mean he will not referee a game in the Antipodes in which a South African team is playing.


  • Ugh. He should do the honorable thing and apologize, then retire.

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.01.12 12:20:21 by hendrikp Reply
  • @hendrikp (Comment 1) :

    Apparently he wanted to come back and get it over with, but now we will just hate him for that much longer…

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.01.12 12:21:04 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • good. The oke is incompetent at best and a blatant cheat at worst

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.01.12 12:28:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • Fricken great!!! Banggat!

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.01.12 12:31:43 by Ice Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : amen to that – he is an icompetent cheat to boot

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.01.12 12:40:40 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Bad news for all the Pieter Van Zyl wannabee`s out there . . . 😈

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.01.12 12:42:04 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : You gotta ask yourself, is this over-precaution from SANZAR perhaps an acknowledgement that Lawrence perhaps cocked up?

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.01.12 12:49:42 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 6) : and there I was carboloading and practising my tackling 😈

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.01.12 12:52:18 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • SHAME! What am I going to do with the stack of vrot nartjies I’ve been saving up? Been practising my spin bowler technique for weeks now… πŸ™

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.01.12 12:52:30 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 9) : I hope those naartjies had lead balls in them! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.01.12 13:13:36 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 10) : Nah. C4. 😎

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.01.12 13:17:47 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • Flip I didn’t see Wayne Barnes avoid NZ after his mistake cost the Kiwis a RWC semi final spot.

    This does go to show though that Lawrence didn’t make a mistake. It was deliberate!!

    I’ll cut this comment short because the twat is getting me all worked up again.

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.01.12 13:19:23 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • 1st Incompetent and now cowardly as well.

    May his balls be infested with the fleas of 1000 camels and may his fingernails turn into fish hooks.

    Man I hate that this is a family site sometimes. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.01.12 13:21:56 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 13) :

    :mrgreen: πŸ˜† :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.01.12 13:22:48 by Pokkel Reply
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  • According to another article I read last week, Bryce wants to come but Sanzar is prohibiting him.

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.01.12 13:27:10 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 8) : You’re disappointed? I’ve been refining my shoulder charges daily since last year’s World Cup. Butch James would retire in shame if he could see me in action.

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.01.12 13:55:24 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 16) : πŸ˜† well let’s keep up the practice he can’t hide forever πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.01.12 14:23:24 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Coward

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.01.12 14:38:11 by Mutley Reply
  • No matter how you look at it the coincidence is just to big that NZ best referee wont be considerd to ref in SA after he won the WC for NZ

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.01.12 14:40:08 by Mutley Reply
  • @<a the article says bryce has been "attacked" and then cites john smit's comments, wtf? πŸ™„

    was that an "attack"? 😈

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.01.12 14:51:02 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 20) : Meggymoo! Dearest… re-read it… There’s a “from” and a “to” bit in there too. So – from the sublime to the ridiculous! Happy New Year honey-bun!

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.01.12 14:58:46 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 21) : Hello baby-boo! πŸ˜› :mrgreen: i’m so happy to see you, where have you been?

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.01.12 15:09:17 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 22) : I became a rugby recluse, I fear. Then spent December detoxing and getting away from it all in the furthest reaches of the Kruger Park! Am quiet now till the season starts, so am catching up! How’s things with you? Am considering coming down to the EP Kings game…

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.01.12 15:25:30 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • Good but must say he was a good ref at times when it suited him, and i don’t think i’ll miss him at all

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.01.12 15:26:41 by chaz Reply

  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 13) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.01.12 15:27:47 by chaz Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 20) : By Poof (Kiwi) standards yes. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 26, posted at 24.01.12 15:28:43 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 22) : did u manage to find that info for me Gentilissimo signor ?

  • Comment 27, posted at 24.01.12 15:31:30 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 23) : i’ll be there, so your consideration should be finalised soon.

  • Comment 28, posted at 24.01.12 15:37:54 by Megatron Reply

  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 27) : i emailed around and got answers will post them for u as soon as i can track the email πŸ˜€

  • Comment 29, posted at 24.01.12 15:48:23 by Megatron Reply

  • I wonder if he’ll get a heroes welcome in Aus

  • Comment 30, posted at 24.01.12 16:26:30 by Mutley Reply
  • @JarsonX (Comment 15) : That’s his excuse. There is NO WAY he wants to come to SA…he is really bang!!

    Wonder if Craig Joubert will ever referee in France?

  • Comment 31, posted at 24.01.12 16:38:58 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 31) : Good

    CJ maybe

  • Comment 32, posted at 24.01.12 17:05:39 by chaz Reply


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