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    The Super Rugby Referees for 2012 have been named with both New Zealand and South Africa having seven Referees across the two panels while Australia only have four, with only one, Steve Walsh, making the Merit Panel.

    The Merit Panel is made up of what SANZAR believes is it's top 10 referees and the Reserve Panel is the 8 next best, the up and coming referees for the future.

    From the Super Rugby Website:

    SANZAR have announced the ten-man Merit Panel of referees for the 2012 Super Rugby competition with South Africans making up half of the positions.
    Two more South Africans have been added to the Reserve Panel for the first time bringing the total number of officials to seven.

    Rugby World Cup referees Craig Joubert and Jonathan Kaplan as well as Marius Jonker, Mark Lawrence, and Jaco Peyper are the five South Africans on the merit panel while Lourens van der Merwe and Stuart Berry come on to the Reserve Panel. The other newcomers are Angus Gardner and Andrew Lees of Australia and Mike Fraser of New Zealand.

    While South Africans will be thrilled to see seven of their match officials on the lists they won't be happy to see New Zealand's Bryce Lawrence on the list as there is still much anger in South Africa after he controlled the match in which South Africa were knocked out of the Rugby World Cup.

    Lawrence was this week nominated as New Zealand's referee of the year alongside Glen Jackson and top female referee Nicky Inwood.

    "We plan to give our Merit Panel referees around 80% of the games in Super Rugby, next year, with the Reserve Panel picking up the balance," said Lyndon Bray, SANZAR's Game Manager.

    "Our aim is for the best referees to be refereeing the most rugby. The Reserve Panel will operate in a similar way to a rugby team's reserve bench," explained Bray.

    "It is inevitable that we need reserve referees performing in the middle because, like players, referees can suffer from injuries and loss of form. In addition, it is vital that we continue to develop and grow our talent for the future, which cannot be achieved overnight."

    "The five new referees will gain valuable Super Rugby experience in 2012 and will join three other referees on our Reserve panel. This will help us maintain the growth of our team, with up to five referees potentially leaving the team by the end of next year."

    Four referees from 2011 will not be involved in the 2012 tournament - Stuart Dickinson has retired, whilst Vinny Munro, Pro Legoete and Nathan Pearce were not selected for 2012.

    "Stuart had a very celebrated career in the top flight for many years and he will be sorely missed by our team.

    "Knowing that we are likely to lose some more referees from our team next year, it was important to balance the new guys selected for 2012 with some maturity and experience. We believe we have a strong team of referees for Super Rugby 2012 Super Rugby and some new competition will be healthy within our team," Bray said.

    The full SANZAR Referee Team is:

    Merit Panel:
    Keith Brown (NZ), Marius Jonker (SA), Craig Joubert (SA), Jonathan Kaplan (SA), Bryce Lawrence (NZ), Mark Lawrence (SA), Jaco Peyper (SA), Chris Pollock (NZ), Steve Walsh (AUS) and Garratt Williamson (NZ).

    Reserve Panel:
    Stuart Berry (SA), Mike Fraser (NZ), Angus Gardner (AUS), Glen Jackson (NZ), Andrew Lees, (AUS) Ian Smith (AUS), Lourens van der Merwe (SA) and Jonathon White (NZ).
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. beckett50's Avatar
      beckett50 -
      doesn't say much for NZ referees when Bryce Lawrence is nominated for the top award! Or maybe that's his reward for ensuring RSA didn't progress
    1. Dixpat's Avatar
      Dixpat -
      Quote Originally Posted by beckett50 View Post
      doesn't say much for NZ referees when Bryce Lawrence is nominated for the top award! Or maybe that's his reward for ensuring RSA didn't progress
      Where is Vinny Munro!
    1. kelpie's Avatar
      kelpie -
      Quote Originally Posted by beckett50 View Post
      doesn't say much for NZ referees when Bryce Lawrence is nominated for the top award! Or maybe that's his reward for ensuring RSA didn't progress
      Way more than that.

      Ensuring Ireland sneaked past Australia in the SOuthern Hemisphere (last done 30 years previously) guaranteed one of the other two SANZAR teams would take one of the others out

      Plus bonus marks for effort to interrupt French qi in the World Cup build up by ensuring their loss to Italy in spring 2011 (only happened once in eighty years before that and won't happen for another decades most likely)

      Bryce I am afraid to say is as bent as a nine bob note - winner!
    1. dave_clark -
      nonsense. he may be incompetent, he may be blind, he may not be up to the level, but he's not a cheat.
    1. Ian_Cook's Avatar
      Ian_Cook -
      Quote Originally Posted by kelpie View Post
      Way more than that.

      Ensuring Ireland sneaked past Australia in the SOuthern Hemisphere (last done 30 years previously) guaranteed one of the other two SANZAR teams would take one of the others out

      Plus bonus marks for effort to interrupt French qi in the World Cup build up by ensuring their loss to Italy in spring 2011 (only happened once in eighty years before that and won't happen for another decades most likely)

      Bryce I am afraid to say is as bent as a nine bob note - winner!
      On this forum, we are known to criticize elite referees for sub-standard performances, bad decisions, law errors & poor game management. Hell, I have been really hard on some (Stu Dickinson, Wayne Barnes, Alan Lewis & Bryce Lawrence himself) as others here will confirm.

      However, we DO NOT accuse any referees (elite or otherwise) of cheating or corruption. Those kinds of posts are unacceptable here. If you want to go posting that kind of drivel, do so on Planet Rugby or keo.co.za with the rest of the mindless rabble.

      You have been warned!


      NOTE: By the way, just to correct your factual error, Italy beat France 40-32 in Grenoble on Saturday, 22 march 1997. That was not 80 years ago!!!
    1. SimonSmith's Avatar
      SimonSmith -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ian_Cook View Post

      However, we DO NOT accuse any referees (elite or otherwise) of cheating or corruption. Those kinds of posts are unacceptable here. If you want to go posting that kind of drivel, do so on Planet Rugby or keo.co.za with the rest of the mindless rabble.

      You have been warned!
      This ^^^^
    1. Phil E's Avatar
      Phil E -
      Quote Originally Posted by kelpie View Post

      Bryce I am afraid to say is as bent as a nine bob note - winner!
      Not only that Kelpie, but comments like the above just destroy any credible point you might have been trying to make.
      Give us facts, give us examples and we will be happy to discuss with you.
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