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Rugby: Referees ditched by Sanzar after poor performances

Published on Mar 24, 2014 4:27 PM

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Referees Francisco Pastrana, James Leckie and Lorens van der Merwe have all paid the price for poor performances in Super Rugby and were stood down by governing body Sanzar on Monday.

Argentinian Pastrana, in particular, was heavily criticised over the weekend and Sanzar referees head Lyndon Bray wasted little time in following through on his threat from last week.

Bray had said he would be conducting a purge of referees by the end of March in order to hold match officials more accountable for their performances.

"One of our core strategic objectives is to grow the depth of the team that is able to referee 'any game, any time,'" he said in a Sanzar statement.

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