Bryce Lawrence
New Zealand
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Full name Bryce John Lawrence
Born December 23, 1970, Morrinsville
Current age 48 years 304 days
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New Zealander Bryce Lawrence is a former school principal who took up refereeing in 1994 and has gone on to take charge of some of the biggest games in rugby.

The Bay of Plenty native followed in his father Keith's footsteps by becoming an international referee, making his first Test appearance in the 2008 clash between South Africa and Australia in the Tri-Nations. He had previously refereed the season's Super 14 semi-final between the Waratahs and the Sharks and took charge of the Air New Zealand Cup final.

The biggest match under Lawrence's belt was the first Test between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions in 2009. The New Zealander came in for criticism from the Lions coaching team after Tendai "The Beast" Mtawarira took Phil Vickery apart at scrum time, leading to a number of penalties being awarded that cost the tourists dearly. Lawrence was on the touchline as assistant referee the following week as the Springboks clinched the series. His first Six Nations game saw France clinch the Grand Slam in March 2010.

Latest Articles
Retiring Lawrence points finger at critics (Oct 17, 2012) Bray: Lawrence won't ref anymore Tests (Jul 25, 2012) O'Brien steps down from IRB refs role (Mar 24, 2012) Owens retained for quarter-finals (Oct 3, 2011) Referees get World Cup dates (Apr 29, 2011)
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Mar 20, 2010
Kiwi referee Bryce Lawrence
Kiwi referee Bryce Lawrence
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