Paddy, Bryce gone


In news which will make just about every South African smile, it has been confirmed that IRB’s referee’s boss Paddy O’Brien will move onto Sevens with Bryce Lawrence being dropped from the elite panel.

Radio New Zealand

New Zealander Paddy O’Brien has been moved sideways at the International Rugby Board, after seven years as the elite referees’ manager.

O’Brien will move into a similar role for rugby sevens in a switch billed by the IRB as underlining its commitment to sevens ahead of rugby making its return to the Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

New Zealander Bryce Lawrence has also been dumped from the elite referee panel, which only includes one New Zealander now in Chris Pollock, although Steve Walsh is in there now as the sole Australian representive.

The controversial Englishman Wayne Barnes is also gone – good news for All Blacks fans still harbouring a grudge after the 2007 World Cup exit to France – as are his compatriots Dave Pearson and Andrew Small.

They’re joined in getting the chop by Irishman Peter Fitzgibbon and Mark Lawrence of South Africa.

Top South African and World Cup whistler Craig Joubert remains, joined by compatriot Jaco Peyper alongside Pollock, Walsh, Welshman Nigel Owens, Ireland’s George Clancy and Alain Rolland, Jérôme Garcès and Romain Poite of France.

The IRB’s also announced what it calls “a restructured and more streamlined selection process overseen by a vastly experienced committee”.

The committee includes former elite referees Lyndon Bray, Tappe Henning, Donal Courtney and Clayton Thomas, will now meet four times per year and make selections for the next international window with all performances reviewed as part of the next round of international selections.

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  1. on another note: I am watching a replay of Toulouse v Bordeaux and you have Bees Roux vs Gurtro Steenkamp at scrum time

    I know the result – Bordeaux screwed my perfect betting record so far this weekend :censored:

  2. Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 2:19 pm:

    Hehehe. Anyway, I’m glad for Bees that he found a
    spot in Europe. Ful story will never be told, I

    The South African Sevens team have been beaten by their New Zealand opponents in their Pool B match at the HSBC World Sevens in Hong Kong on Saturday.
    The Blitzbokke lost 19-10 after trailing 19-0 at half-time.

    Ho-hum. What’s new?

  3. Don’t let the the door spank your bum on the way out twat!

    And Twat 2 too

    Mark Lawrence had it coming as well, so you will hear no tears from me shed for him…

    This is what happened now that the Anglo Saxon stranglehold on rugby has been broken by the SA / Aus / Fra alliance on the IRB Executive with the small nations Argentina and Japan at the IRB

    Expect more shake ups…

    Hopefully the Jewish ref gets pulled in to run the fugging show…. at IRB elite level…

  4. I think we all know, except one or 2, that the RWC was rigged.
    But give the Kiwis credit. They put in a plan, put the right people in place, got refs to ref games that affect their countries outcome and won the dam thing even while been outplayed. Give them dues. Jeez I was SARU were that smart.

    Hell they even passed Walssshh off as a Aussies. Brilliant.

    Politics and rugby…finally the French are starting to muscle up and put pressure including some smaller nations.

    I have to say I turned up to work more than once drunk I would have been sacked. Walssshhh big fail.
    If I was a manager of a department that had so many incompetant officials, I would have been sacked. Paddy fail.

    Now get rid of Roland, bring back Goegre Auyob, bring in Jafta.
    Shit forgot about Owens too… :Rule 9:

  5. Pro Legoete and Stuart Berry in SA are also good enough.

    Ja Kev but the fact is that what they did has shot their bolt in rugby for all times and ever. The bankruptcy issues, the leaving players, the economic loss vs SARU economic gain (profit), the failure to elicit big interest in their franchises on offer, and last but MOST importantly, arrogantly not seeing the winds of change in the IRB executive elections which was largely lead by Jurie Roux’s behind the scenes shenannigans to catch the WASPs totally offsides when he pulled the coup off of getting Aus to abandon the Anglo-Saxon bloc.

    All tell you NZ rugby is in BIG KAK.

    And in all honesty from my side.

    It couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of people.

  6. To the IRB


    To all the refs who try their best to govern the games acording to the Laws of Rugby Union

    All the best, you goNNa nEEd it….

    To aLL & sundry who said we should not moan about the level of officiating at the RWC 2011


    To Bryce Lawrence and PaDDy O Brien


    You are tainted for the rest of your lives…

    as the Headmaster had said in 2007

    “its just a liTTle yeLLow Cup”

    Dishonest Scum!