Bryce Lawrence gets Six Nations games

07:20, Dec 03 2010

New Zealand referee Bryce Lawrence has been appointed to control two matches in next year's Six Nations rugby championship.

Lawrence will adjudicate the Italy-France match at Rome on March 13 (NZT) and the Ireland-England match at Dublin seven days later.

Former New Zealand referee Steve Walsh, now living in Sydney and representing Australia, will whistle the marquee match between England and France at Twickenham, London, on February 27 (NZT), his first Six Nations match since 2008.

Walsh lost his job with the New Zealand Rugby Union last year after a third strike on his record, but returned to refereeing in Australia.

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