Mark Lawrence (rugby union)

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Mark Lawrence (born 16 June 1965, Standerton)[1] is an international rugby union referee from South Africa. He refereed his first international test match, in 2000, and was chosen to officiate at both the 2003 Rugby World Cup [2] and 2007 Rugby World Cup[3] acting as a touch judge and a TMO in both competitions. He refereed the 2007 Currie Cup Final between the Free State Cheetahs and the Golden Lions,.[4] He also refereed the 2008 Super 14 Final between the Crusaders and the Waratahs.[5]

Mark Lawrence
Date of birth (1965-06-16) June 16, 1965 (age 55)
Place of birthStanderton
SchoolHighbury Primary School
Beachwood High School
UniversityWitwatersrand Technicon
Rugby union career
Refereeing career
Years Competition Apps
2003 & 2007
Rugby World Cup
Test Matches
Super Rugby
Currie Cup

In September 2011, he announced his retirement from test rugby to concentrate on coaching emerging referees.[6]


  1. ^ "2003 Rugby World Cup Officials". Archived from the original on 2009-02-09.
  2. ^ "Provisional Rugby World Cup 2003 referees panel". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06.
  3. ^ "2007 Rugby World Cup referees and touch judges named". Archived from the original on 2008-10-07.
  4. ^ "Currie Cup finals". Archived from the original on 2008-10-24.
  5. ^ "2008 Super 14 final".
  6. ^ "Mark Lawrence announces retirement from Test refereeing". South African Rugby Union. 12 September 2011. Archived from the original on 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.