IRB picks Joubert, not Bryce

2011-11-01 22:26

Cape Town - South Africa's Craig Joubert has been picked to referee in two Six Nations matches next year, while controversial New Zealand referee Bryce Lawrence was overlooked.

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According to the International Rugby Board's website, Joubert will referee the games between Ireland and Italy in Dublin on February 25 and Wales against France in Cardiff on March 17.

Joubert refereed the recent Rugby World Cup final between the All Blacks and France in Auckland, which the New Zealanders won 8-7 to successfully break a 24-year World Cup drought.

Lawrence - who came under fire for his poor officiating during the World Cup quarter-final between South Africa and Australia - was overlooked for all Six Nations games.

However, the IRB insists that Lawrence is merely receiving a "breather" after he endured a busy year of international and domestic fixtures. He is expected to return for the June 2012 Tests.

Another South African, Jonathan Kaplan, will referee the upcoming Test match in December between Australia and Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.


  • Michael - 2011-11-01 23:18

    Hopefully the breather will accompany him to retirement!

      Michael - 2011-11-02 00:14

      Cant wait to see the reaction to Bryce reffing a game. I hope he refs a trinaitons game at Loftus!!!

  • terence.nunes - 2011-11-01 23:22

    "Breather" = Rugby Reffing for Dummies Course!!!

  • Phil - 2011-11-02 00:38

    IRBs policy has always been that fans (especially OTT and abusive ones) do not get to choose the Ref. In fact silly childish behaviour is one way to guarantee we get BL back. Strong possibility will be that Bryce Lawrence gets an early game in the 4 Nations involving SA ........probably SA v Argentina. Hope it is not IN SA as it would be a shame to see SA "fans" embarrass the country by their stupidity ALA that goose Piet Van Zyl in 2002!

      Brandon - 2011-11-02 07:38

      I can see the reasonning behind your thinking Dr. Phil - Bryce to officiate SA vs Arg then he favours SA to make up for his cheating in the RWC hoping that will please SA supporters and forgive him for his and Paddy's autrocities. Do you really think we Bok Supporters is so shallow to fall for that crap? Go play with your Bryce, Dr Phil

      Hot - 2011-11-02 09:02

      Has anybody else noticed the extreme denial in which the bok supporters have found themselves...shame...4 more years boys...4 more years...Enjoy.

      Rene - 2011-11-02 09:31

      @Hot, no, no one else has noticed, you're the only disillusioned one!

      Phil - 2011-11-02 11:11

      Brandon I think you are confused. I am a Bok supporter but I don't class my self as part of the "we" that set up the stupid Facebook hate site .......or the rabid idiots who abused that old Kiwi man simply because he had the same name as the Ref! If the Bok team is full of okes with same level of intelligence as these so-called fans .....then it is no wonder we had all of that posession .......yet couldn't get over the Ozzie line! No suprise either that the Aussies have beaten us on the last FOUR occasions we have met! Time to face up to reality ou maat ......we just were not good enough!

  • Adrienne - 2011-11-02 07:13

    Good on you Craig - well deserved! Best ref in the world!

  • Ettienne - 2011-11-02 08:05

    Well done on you Craig. You have kept the SA flag waving and done SA proud. Keep up the good work.

  • Jerhone - 2011-11-02 08:24

    who cares, they were both useless

  • Mark - 2011-11-02 09:10

    I agree Jerhone, the game of rugby is a disaster with the bull...t rules that no body can get right. There is a youtube clip on the way Craig J. reffed the final - I have never seen such blatant favoratism towards the NZ team - he too should be ashamed.

      Bennie - 2011-11-02 10:00

      Mark, do yourself a favour and look at the video again...not listening to the morons on the show. Craig was correct in his interpretations. There are about 8 situations and only one was a 50/50 call where the French captain could feel unlucky, but he might have been the tackler assist and could have been punished. If one knows the rules, it’s very clear to what really happened.

  • Mark - 2011-11-02 09:16

    I also nearly had a fit when the refs let the Sharks "try" in against the Lions or when the Beast nearly broke the oppositions back in the scrum right infront of the ref and nothing- thank god the Lions did not let it get to them. This is from a Bulls supporter. Why on earth can we not check things like that - and dont give me the bull about having to check every movement - we can take it back like two phases or within the 22 meter area only and you get two refferals per side. Just something!

  • rondee.scherman - 2011-11-02 09:23

    Trying to find him another guide dog?

  • Craigh - 2011-11-02 09:27

    he ain't worthy of being in charge of a game

  • Kevin - 2011-11-02 10:10

    Only the NZRB pick there hero Bryce .

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