28 Jan 2012

Lawrence can referee in South Africa this year

3:54 pm on 28 January 2012

The Sanzar Referees boss Lyndon Bray says there is absolutely no truth in reports that the New Zealand rugby referee will not control matches in South Africa this year.

A number of South Africans have been outspoken about Lawrence following his refereeing performance in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal where the Springboks lost against the Wallabies.

While Lawrence himself has said he fears for his safety in South Africa after receiving threats, Bray told SuperSport there was absolutely no policy by Sanzar that Lawrence shouldn't ref in South Africa this year.

However, he did say that Lawrence would be rehabilitated and given the time and support he needs to get back to the top, as the fallout from the game certainly had an effect on him.