British & Irish Lions
IRB confirm referees for Lions tour
Scrum.com
April 28, 2009
Referee Bryce Lawrence, South Africa v Australia, Tri-Nations, Ellis Park, Johannesburg, August 30, 2008
New Zealand's Bryce Lawrence will takes charge of the first Test between the Lions and Springboks © Getty Images
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The IRB has announced the panel of referees that will take the whistle for the forthcoming British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa. With neutrality in mind only five of the IRB's referee panel were eligible for Test match duty, with the tour games being supervised by a mixture of South African officials and representatives from the home unions.

New Zealander Bryce Lawrence will take charge of the first Test in Durban on June 20 before France's Christophe Berdos will officiate at the second Test at Loftus Versfeld on June 27. Australian Stuart Dickinson rounds off the Test officials for the third Test in Johannesburg. Marius Jonker will take charge of the tour opener, when the Lions take on the Royal XV in Rustenberg on May 30.

"We met with the Lions and South Africa team management last month and all were in favour of the appointment of neutral match officials for the Test series," said IRB Referee Manager Paddy O'Brien. "Bryce, Christophe and Stuart are all highly experienced members of the IRB's High Performance Referee Panel with nearly 80 internationals between them. They are relishing the opportunity to take their place in Lions history."

Referee appointments for the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa:

May 30, 2009 - Royal XV vs Lions at Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg - Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

June 3, 2009 - Golden Lions vs Lions at Coca Cola Park, Johannesburg - Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)

June 6, 2009 - Free State Cheetahs vs Lions at Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein - Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

June 10, 2009 - Sharks vs Lions at Absa Park, Durban - Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)

June 13, 2009 - Western Province vs Lions at Newlands, Cape Town - Referee: Mark Lawrence (South Africa)

June 16, 2009 - Coastal XV vs Lions at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth - Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

June 20, 2009 - South Africa vs Lions (First Test) at Absa Park, Durban - Referee: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)

June 23, 2009 - Emerging Springboks vs Lions at Newlands, Cape Town - Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)

June 27, 2009 - South Africa vs Lions (Second Test) at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria - Referee: Christophe Berdos (France)

July 4, 2009 - South Africa vs Lions (Third Test) at Coca Cola Park, Johannesburg - Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)

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