Overlooked: top ref quits

2011-09-13 00:00

LEADING South African referee Mark Lawrence, surprisingly overlooked for the Rugby World Cup, has announced his retirement from Test rugby.

Lawrence said yesterday he will be taking up a new role as a coach and mentor to emerging refereeing talent within the SA Ruby Union’s development programmes. Lawrence announced his decision following discussions with Andre Watson, general manger of referees for the SA Rugby Union.

“I have had a highly enjoyable and stimulating career as a Test referee, but the time has come to move on and assist in developing the next generation,” said Lawrence. He officiated in 27 Tests and handled the Currie Cup final in 2007 and the Super 14 final in 2008.

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