No More Bryce Blues For Boks
SANZAR Head of Referees Lyndon Bray on Wednesday said controversial New Zealand referee Bryce Lawrence’s Test career is most likely over.
Lawrence infamously took charge of last year’s World Cup quarter-final between the Springboks and Wallabies, which the defending champions lost despite dominating all facets of play.
Lawrence’s performance sparked a nationwide outcry in South Africa that was further fuelled when he was acknowledged as New Zealand Referee of the Year following the All Blacks’ triumph over France in the final.
Lawrence said that he had received threatening phone calls in the wake of the Springboks’ World Cup exit and that he had reservations about travelling to South Africa.
According to Bray, South Africans have seen the last of Lawrence at Test level, although he will still referee Super Rugby matches.
“His time is over at that [Test] level,” Bray told Eyewitness News Sport. “His challenge would be, if it’s possible, to find his way back again. And I think given the reality and what he has gone through and the situation he’s in at the moment that would be a huge ask,” added Bray.