OH NO! Bryce Lawrence to referee Bok quarter-final
Talk about a neutral referee. New Zealand's Bryce Lawrence, the whistle-blower who SA and Australian fans love to hate, will blow the quarter-final between the Springboks and the Wallabies on Sunday.
Lawrence has come in for flak for his handling of South African and Australian teams in the past.
In the Super 15, for example, he was criticised for penalising the Sharks for a supposed scrum infringement before their pack had even engaged the Crusaders'.
And Aussie fans were unimpressed for the way he policed the scrums in their team's pool defeat against Irealnd.
Meanwhile, Craig Joubert of South Africa will referee the Ireland v Wales contest on Saturday morning.
Referees for the upcoming quarter-finals are:
QF 1, Oct 8 — Ireland v Wales, Wellington
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
QF 2, Oct 8 — England v France, Auckland
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
QF 3, Oct 9 — South Africa v Australia, Wellington
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
OF 4, Oct 9 — New Zealand v Argentina, Auckland (0730)
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)