Bryce Lawrence wins ref award

2011-12-01 12:43

Auckland - Jerome Kaino's massive contribution to the All Blacks' 2011 campaign was rewarded when he was named the Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Player of the Year at Thursday's Steinlager Rugby Awards which also celebrated the remarkable achievements of rugby hero Jock Hobbs and the Rugby World Cup-winning All Blacks.
According to the website, Kaino, 28, pipped two of his All Blacks team-mates - captain Richie McCaw and centre Ma’a Nonu - to win the award.

The 2011 Super Rugby Player of the Year award went to Crusaders and All Blacks loosehead prop Wyatt Crockett.

The world champion All Blacks emerged as the 2011 adidas Team of the Year, edging out the ITM Cup-winning Canterbury team, Super Rugby finalists, the Crusaders; and the world series-winning New Zealand Sevens team.

All Blacks coach Graham Henry won the 2011 New Zealand Rugby Coach of the Year. Henry retired from the job as one of the most successful coaches of all time, guiding the All Blacks to an 85 percent winning record – a remarkable 88 victories from 103 Tests, during his eight years.

Nominated for the IRB’s Junior Player of the Year after showing outstanding form at the Junior World Championship, New Zealand Under-20 and Bay of Plenty flank Sam Cane picked up the NZRU Age Grade Player of the Year; Waikato’s Tim Mikkelson won the Richard Crawshaw Memorial Sevens Player of the Year; and All Blacks scrumhalf Piri Weepu capped off a remarkable comeback to be named the Tom French Memorial Maori Player of the Year.

Test referee Bryce Lawrence won the NZRU Referee of the Year award for a fourth time.

The hero of the Manawatu Turbos and All Blacks flyhalf Aaron Cruden was named the ITM Cup Player of the Year.

The Steinlager Salver, a special presentation to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to New Zealand rugby, was presented to former All Blacks captain and recent NZRU chairperson Jock Hobbs.

Acclaimed for his leadership in New Zealand’s 2005 winning bid to host the 2011 Rugby World Cup, illness forced Hobbs’ early retirement from his roles as chairperson of the NZRU and the RWC tournament body, Rugby New Zealand 2011.

The IRB this year also honoured Hobbs with the Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service.

Full list of winners at the 2011 Steinlager Rugby Awards:

NZRU Age Grade Player of the Year
Sam Cane (Bay of Plenty, New Zealand Under 20)

Richard Crawshaw Memorial Sevens Player of the Year
Tim Mikkelson (Waikato, New Zealand Sevens)

NZRU Referee of the Year
Bryce Lawrence

NZRU Women’s Player of the Year
Fiao’o Fa’amausili (Auckland, Black Ferns)

Charles Monro Rugby Volunteer of the Year
Andy MacDonald (Canterbury)

Super Rugby Player of the Year
Wyatt Crockett (Canterbury, Crusaders, All Blacks)

Tom French Memorial Maori Player of the Year
Piri Weepu – Whakatohea (Wellington, Hurricanes, All Blacks)

Heartland Championship Player of the Year
Jon Smyth (Wanganui, Heartland XV)

ITM Cup Player of the Year
Aaron Cruden (Manawatu)

adidas Team of the Year
All Blacks

NZRU Coach of the Year
Graham Henry (All Blacks)

Steinlager Salver for an Outstanding Contribution to New Zealand Rugby
Jock Hobbs

Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Player of the Year
Jerome Kaino (Auckland, Blues, All Blacks)


  • ShauneJordaan - 2011-12-01 12:46

    This is a joke. Kiwis can play rugby, but it seems all the backward chaps ref.

      Go - 2011-12-01 13:28

      seems proof that they arranged the boks early exit of th RWC !!!!

      Gareth - 2011-12-01 13:45

      Bryce is a D&^S...... as simple as that...

      Helen - 2011-12-01 14:22

      ShauneJordan,why are we not surprised,Bryce singlehandedly won the world cup for New Zealand,without his help they would have had to wait another 4 years.He made sure the weaker Wallabies were in the final.But it did not start there,it stated with the quater finals,robbing the Boks of the victory that was definitely theirs.Thus the AB played the weak Wallabies who they only beat by one point some champions the AB are.Bryce wear your medal with disgrace because you are a disgrace,I heard that you are afraid to officiate in South Africa,why? we accepted our defeat as true sporstsman Soth Africans are not the cheats you Bryce,the AB & the Wallabies are.I think you should thank your lucky stars it was not England you robbed then you should have been afraid ,very afraid.

      Burtfred - 2011-12-01 14:27

      Bryce Lawrence being made NZ ref of the year, reminds me of the time when Zuma was appointed head of SA's "Moral Regeneration" programme. Why don't we just award Mugabe with the Nobel Peace Prize, or give JuJu the philanthropist of the year award, while we are about it. Had the Allblacks lost to France in the final, I bet Lawrence would not have been given this blinkered, biased Kiwi award.

      Barry - 2011-12-01 14:30

      I know we should have won that 1/4 final despite Bryce, but still, really ?? He is the best ref in NZ ? :)

      Walter - 2011-12-01 14:42

      Nou ja toe - daar het jy dit. Dus is die ander NZ refs uiters $%^&*!!! En 'n mens wonder al meer of die Franse nie van 'n oorwinning beroof is in die eindstryd nie!!

      James - 2011-12-01 14:56

      Frangelico, are you confused?? The Wallabies never made the final... the All Blacks beat France in the final.

      Pieter - 2011-12-01 17:20

      I know where he can stick that award.

      Gungets - 2011-12-01 18:34

      As they say in the classics, "the greatest danger is not that you set your sights too high and fail, but rather that you set your sights too low and succeed". -----> Well, New Zealand, succeeding with someone like Bryce Lawrence says a great deal about your refereeing standards. Personally, I think Bryce has naked pictures of Paddy O'Brien with one of the Samoan cheer leaders.

      Thomas - 2011-12-01 20:22

      If this is what they say is their best, God help us with the rest!!!! The reffing bar in NZ is set so low it hasn't even left the ground yet!!!!!!

      Helen - 2011-12-01 22:06

      Shaunejordaan, if mr lawrence is the best the NZRU has to offer,pity those coming through the ranks Imagine what truelly atrocious referees the others must be,Bryce I really think you should take your trophy medal you received and shove it up you ass as far as it will go cause it is not worth much, eventually you'll have to shove it down the toilet,its rightfull place am sure many worldwide agree. Well at least you got rewarded for your job well done according to The NZRB,I really hope any international team playing with him as referee,should refuse to play,risk a fine.Rather than have this thief referee your game. Boycott his services completely.He knows oh so well the wrong team took on the All Blacks & the wrong team won the cup.

  • Mark - 2011-12-01 12:50

    Why are we surprised? He single-handedly ensured the AB's won the World Cup... he must be flavour of the year in NZ.

      Utopian - 2011-12-01 13:29

      I think you are being a bit tough on the first blind man to referee a rugby world cup match

      Dean - 2011-12-01 13:36

      Yip and Wimpy was running a special there, buy one fried egg and get a BL free.

      Bob - 2011-12-01 14:19

      Nick, I think you've gone over the top there a bit mate, New Zealanders are anything but simple, insidious cheating scum, they are born winners I'll give you that, they have had their fair share of bad luck over the years, they won this WC fair and square, I think you need to smarten up on your sportsmanship and accept the best team in the tournament are the WC winners, the boks had enough of the game to beat the Aussies but couldn't change their tactics to seal the win, get over it, even if they had got past the Aussies that does not mean they would have beaten the AB's

      mike.rockey - 2011-12-01 14:29

      Nick your comment was quite good until the fourthparagraph. You should have ended it after three.

      Burtfred - 2011-12-01 14:30

      @ Nick Don't you think it's a bit unfair to condemn all Kiwis because of the actions of their Rugby refs and players? Not all South Africans are ars***les just because Zuma is the president and the ANC are the government.

      nasheenar - 2011-12-01 16:08

      I like the way you think Nick back can be a b......yes!

  • efgous - 2011-12-01 12:51

    HAHAHAHA!!! Now we officially know who won them the world cup!

  • leonard.djouba - 2011-12-01 12:53

    This is either pure provocation or being blind....

      eugenewilli - 2011-12-01 13:29

      its provocation.

  • Bokfan - 2011-12-01 12:54

    As corrupt as the anc.

  • Brian - 2011-12-01 12:55

    What a chop ?? Malema or Bryce......mmmmmmm both ...

      Marius - 2011-12-01 13:51

      Malema is history. PLEEEEEEEASE leave him out of the equation. I dont want to hear his name again.

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  • B - 2011-12-01 12:56

    Should have given him a world cup medal as well seeing he "helped" All Blacks win the RWC

  • Kyle - 2011-12-01 12:59

    He only got this award cause he made sure we didnt get to face the AB's in the semi's... funny that

  • JohhnyBGood - 2011-12-01 12:59

    It is his reward for winning them the WC

  • Inhlanzi - 2011-12-01 13:00

    Obviously he won it, how many referees can say they single handedly won their country a world cup

  • Ian - 2011-12-01 13:02

    what must we say now, well done cheat, stupid biased prick

  • Roberto - 2011-12-01 13:03

    I am sure you posted this article just to piss us off.

  • Chris - 2011-12-01 13:04

    Of course he's ref of the year! He helped pave the way for NZ to win a rigged RWC 2011. What a farce!

  • Jan-Burger - 2011-12-01 13:08

    Natuurlik sal hulle dit vir hom gee. LOL!

  • George Gonggrijp - 2011-12-01 13:10

    Ya ofcourse he won it... He won let his home country win the RWC..

  • JacquesHaynes - 2011-12-01 13:12

    Iemand moes die All Blacks help!!

      Eben - 2011-12-01 13:40


  • Wicus - 2011-12-01 13:12

    I think we should all boycott rugby until the old Farts at the IRB start taking ownership and blame for the poor refferees. How on earth did they ever allow for a Non neutral ref to officiate a quarter final? This guy most definitely determined the outcome of the competition! I'm starting to lose faith the same as I did in Cricket.... Oh well, guess i'll start supporting ballet... do we have a SA Ballet team?

      Hugh - 2011-12-01 14:31

      The swimming team does okay?

  • rondee.scherman - 2011-12-01 13:13

    And his guide dog was the runner up?

  • roberta.keeling - 2011-12-01 13:14

    Of course New Zealand would give him that honour. He made sure S.A. got knowckd out, giving New Zealand the chance to win the Cup. Best ref? My butt!!

  • Johann - 2011-12-01 13:14

    Maybe he is a good ref after all, although can't believe a good ref will allow himself to be such a fool officiating such an important game ........... or maybe NZRU made the decision to snub the Boks for not making it to a semi encounter, but we will never know what the outcome of such a match would have been. One thing is certain, we were going to give them an even harder time than the French did. Amen

  • Raditshaba - 2011-12-01 13:17

    For winning them the World Cup

  • Raditshaba - 2011-12-01 13:17

    For winning them the World Cup

  • chiepner - 2011-12-01 13:18

    If this is their best referee they can produce then I am afraid to say that NZ stardards regarding referee's are very very low indeed.

  • Jerhone - 2011-12-01 13:20

    what did anyone expect from the all beck skelms

  • dawie.vanstaden1 - 2011-12-01 13:22

    If this is possible, Then Robert Mugabe can easily won the accoladeas the best president in the world!!!!!!!!!! I'm just wondering if he wasn't paid to get us out of the way......please someone, investigate his bank accounts>>>>>>>>>>

  • Sipho - 2011-12-01 13:22

    They should have given him all the awards - he singlehandedly delivered the WC by eliminating the most feared opposition...

  • Lourenstrieg - 2011-12-01 13:22

    I honestly do not want to see the caliber of the other NZ ref's. Surely he is a hero in NZ after he helped SA being eliminated from the WC!!

  • Leon - 2011-12-01 13:25

    His father could have a finger in the pie.

      Ally - 2011-12-01 13:42

      Only in the pie?

  • Michael - 2011-12-01 13:26

    They cocked this one up badly. He should have got player of the year as well. What a travesty :p

  • Timothy - 2011-12-01 13:31

    As his father was haed of the refs a while ago of course he is going to get it. This is an embaressment for NZ. The gap between our fair refs and theirs is massive.

  • Jack - 2011-12-01 13:32

    What an effing joke!!! Flippen sheep shaggers

  • Ansie - 2011-12-01 13:34


  • Claude - 2011-12-01 13:37

    Bryce Lawrence getting the Ref of the year award sounds like a reward for something underhand!

  • Brent - 2011-12-01 13:38


  • Andrew - 2011-12-01 13:38

    Well, it makes sense for NZ to award Bryce (a NZ'der) with the award, afterall, he gave them the World Cup

  • RSole - 2011-12-01 13:40

    If I was Newzealand I would also give that pr!ck an award. He should have got player of the series and man of the match. He was their sixteenth man on the field even when they weren't playing.

  • Jako - 2011-12-01 13:41

  • vaughn.l.jacobs - 2011-12-01 13:42

    .......hope he thanked his Daddy ! Wonder how much he got to blow like he did....???

  • Phil - 2011-12-01 13:43

    Why do we South Africans appear to think the world revolves around us? Bryce Lawrence by his own admission performed below par in ONE game .....that is one game in many games that he reffed throughout the year. Although South Africans would love him to be judged on that one game ....that is not reality. We need to do a bit of growing up I think.

      RSole - 2011-12-01 13:46

      Hey Phil or should I say Brice. As you say, He admitted to a below par performance. How bad must the other refs have been not to get the award?

      Jp - 2011-12-01 13:50

      urrr - he blew Beast up for a dangerous scrum before they even entered into one ....

      Phil - 2011-12-01 13:50

      You still fail to get the message . That was ONE game out of many. Try thinking before you write.

      therealunskinny - 2011-12-01 14:25

      Try thinking full stop Phil.

      Peter - 2011-12-01 14:32

      Finally some nice words, for a change regarding the abortive attempt in the world, south africans, get over it you didnt win this time

      Hugh - 2011-12-01 14:41

      Sorry Dr Phil.

      therealunskinny - 2011-12-01 14:41

      Only a "slapgat" rolls over, whimpers and pretends nothing happened when he's been seriously, intentionally and maliciously wronged. A gentleman will admit defeat. The boks weren't defeated. They were robbed.

      Angela - 2011-12-01 16:41

      One game of many yes, but the most critical. He may have been fair at the others, but if you cheat once that makes you a cheat. Any reasonable and fair person who saw that game, from whatever perspective, would have to admit something twisted was going on.

      Henk - 2011-12-01 16:49

      Phil, go do some more checking. Bryce Lawrence admitted to bad perfomance in the Super 14 as well, and then the WC. It would seem that bad performance is lauded and applauded. The telling bit is that Six nations do not want anything to do with the best ref in NZ. Possible that they want the players to determine the result of a game?

      Phil - 2011-12-02 03:36

      No ref is perfect ..our own Craig Joubert in the final is a case in point ...far from perfect. I didnt see all of Bryce Lawrences games for 2011 ....and I will bet that none of you grootbeks did either. The Boks lost the game for many other reasons than the ref ........the same reasons that have seen them finish stone LAST in the last 5 out of SEVEN Tri Nations. I think we need to commission a study to see why many SA men fail to mature.

      Theprodigy - 2011-12-02 08:33

      you need to know what you are talking about before you open your mouth, many games, not one.

  • Alan - 2011-12-01 13:48


      Phil - 2011-12-01 13:52

      Not sure Bryce cares about the "whole of south africa" ...not sure the rest of the world does either.

      allen.visser - 2011-12-01 14:26

      You forgot to add "Plonker" to the end of your sentence :)

      nasheenar - 2011-12-01 16:12

      yeah look at all the well wishes you getting

  • david.j.payle - 2011-12-01 13:50

    Wonder if he'll get knighted too.. *hey sports24, thx for this article.. no really..*

      nasheenar - 2011-12-01 16:12

      We should suggest it as they are part of the common wealth

  • wenwe - 2011-12-01 13:53

    this must be a reward for stopping the boks from going through and facing the all blacks!

  • Kyri - 2011-12-01 13:55

    Off course he did, he is the single biggest factor that won New Zealand the Webb Ellis trophy of 2011! Did far more than Henry and Mcaw...

  • robert.m.sylvester - 2011-12-01 13:59

    The BEST "All Black" in 25 years....................................

  • Reinard - 2011-12-01 14:01

    Of course they think he is the best performing ref they have for the past year!!! That clown won them a world cup title yet is not even toilet trained!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Would not expect anything thing less from NZ... hahahaahhahah

  • rex.aspeling - 2011-12-01 14:01

    I suppose it just reward for removing South Africa from The world cup. Hope he is sent to SA. We will ensure he is rewarded with some justice.

      Phil - 2011-12-03 08:02

      Wow , typical SA big talk. That is our problem , very big on hot air ...but short on action. You 'hope' he comes to SA what will you do if he does Rex ? You hardly look in condition to DO anything that involves getting off the couch and putting your Castle down. If the Boks had made use of the 75% of possesion they had then there would be no need for cowardly whingers like you to blame the ref. PS. If we South Africans actually DID more (in all areas of life) then there would not be so much need to 'hope'.

  • tian.booyens - 2011-12-01 14:05

    I'm so happy to see the mentally handicapped able to succeed and integrate into society

  • Alva - 2011-12-01 14:06

    OMG! Not a good advert for reffing in NZ.

  • Hugh - 2011-12-01 14:11

    A New Zealand panel made all the nominations? Wow. Must have been difficult. Plonkers