Bryce is back

Bryce Lawrence has been included in Sanzar’s 10-man merit panel of referees for the 2012 Super Rugby competition along with five South Africans.

Lawrence, who has also been nominated for the New Zealand Referee of the Year award, became one of the most hated men in South Africa after his poor performance played a big part in the Springboks’ quarter-final defeat to the Wallabies. Sanzar, though, still think he is among the best referees in the southern hemisphere.

World Cup referees Craig Joubert and Jonathan Kaplan as well as Marius Jonker, Mark Lawrence, and Jaco Peyper are the five South Africans on the merit panel while Lourens van der Merwe and Stuart Berry come on to the reserve panel.

Merit Panel: Keith Brown (NZ), Marius Jonker (SA), Craig Joubert (SA), Jonathan Kaplan (SA), Bryce Lawrence (NZ), Mark Lawrence (SA), Jaco Peyper (SA), Chris Pollock (NZ), Steve Walsh (AUS), Garratt Williamson (NZ).

Reserve Panel: Stuart Berry (SA), Mike Fraser (NZ), Angus Gardner (AUS), Glen Jackson (NZ), Andrew Lees, (AUS) Ian Smith (AUS), Lourens van der Merwe (SA), Jonathon White (NZ).