Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

Bryce Lawrence wary of refereeing in SA

New Zealand rugby referee Bryce Lawrence says he won’t officiate in South Africa should he fear for his safety after his performance at October’s World Cup quarterfinal between the Springboks and Australia.

Lawrence’s control of the October 9 quarterfinal, won 11-9 by Australia to end South Africa’s reign as world champions, was strongly criticised by Springbok players, coaching staff and fans.

Retiring Springbok captain John Smit said “the one positive [of retirement] is that I won’t ever have to be reffed by him again” and a South African fan began a Facebook campaign entitled: Petition to stop Bryce Lawrence ever reffing a rugby game again.

Lawrence said in a radio interview on Wednesday he would not referee in South Africa “if there’s any personal threat or I have concerns about my safety”. — Sapa-AP

Subscribe to the M&G

Thanks for enjoying the Mail & Guardian, we’re proud of our 36 year history, throughout which we have delivered to readers the most important, unbiased stories in South Africa. Good journalism costs, though, and right from our very first edition we’ve relied on reader subscriptions to protect our independence.

Digital subscribers get access to all of our award-winning journalism, including premium features, as well as exclusive events, newsletters, webinars and the cryptic crossword. Click here to find out how to join them.

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

If you’re reading this, you clearly have great taste

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the Mail & Guardian for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week, and get more great reads.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Subscribers only

R15m to rid Gauteng of dirty air

The World Bank is funding a plan to deal with air pollution in Ekurhuleni, Tshwane and Johannesburg

Reservations about ‘new deal’ for rhinos, lions, elephant, leopards

Draft policy promotes species playing their role in wilderness systems but one conservationist says leopards are being sold out

More top stories

Vaccines split global recovery – IMF

The global economy will expand by 6% this year but the economic gap between nations is widening.

R15m to rid Gauteng of dirty air

The World Bank is funding a plan to deal with air pollution in Ekurhuleni, Tshwane and Johannesburg

Reservations about ‘new deal’ for rhinos, lions, elephant, leopards

Draft policy promotes species playing their role in wilderness systems but one conservationist says leopards are being sold out

Transaction Capital finds trust among used-car salesmen

The firm believes the second-hand vehicle business will thrive in a post-Covid world
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×