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3 referees dropped from Super Rugby matches

March 24, 2014

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Super Rugby’s governing body has dropped three referees from upcoming matches as organizers of the three-nation tournament responded to a litany of complaints from coaches and players about refereeing standards in this season’s competition.

South African Lourens van der Merwe, Argentine Francisco Pastrana and Australian James Leckie were all cut from the refereeing roster in a move referees boss Lyndon Bray said Monday recognizes “who has performed to expectation and who has not.”

The Super Rugby referees panel has been reduced from 18 to 14 with the additional removal of South African Jason Jaftha, who is injured.

South African referee Stuart Berry, who has produced some of the most contentious decisions in recent weeks, remains a member of the refereeing panel, as does Australian Angus Gardner.

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