Six Nations refs: Joubert picked over Lawrence

2011-11-04 00:00

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.

The IRB said 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 RWC final between the All Blacks and France in Auckland, which the New Zealanders won 8-7.

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

But the IRB insists Lawrence is having a “breather” after a busy year. He is expected to return for the June 2012 Tests.

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