January 14 - 2011 SANZAR appointment for Lyndon Bray

Former New Zealand test referee Lyndon Bray moves on from his referee’s manager with the NZRU to a new position with Sanzar, Game Manager, overseeing game trends, officials and liaising with coaches.



14th SANZAR announce NZRU high performance referees manager Lyndon Bray is to take up the newly created position of SANZAR Game Manager. The role covers all in-game technical elements concerning game trends, match officials and coaches.”

From: 2012 RUGBY almanac “Chronicle of Events” p.355.

“Southern Hemisphere rugby controlling body Sanzar has appointed former New Zealand referee Lyndon Bray to its newly established position of game manager.

Bray has been high performance referee manager for the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) since September 2008 and will relocate to Sydney in April this year to take up his Sanzar role.

Bray will be responsible for all of the in-game technical elements of Sanzar competitions including overseeing game trends, match officials and direct liaison with coaches.

Bray was looking forward to the challenge of the new role and the prospects for Sanzar to accelerate the development of southern hemisphere rugby in the years ahead.

“What really excites me about this role is the opportunity to have an influence and impact not only on the refereeing of the game, but the way in which we in Sanzar like to see the game played,” Bray said.

“The chance to work with the top coaches in our game throughout Sanzar was a major factor in my decision and I am confident that my existing relationship with South African, Australian and New Zealand referees and managers will allow me to work closely with our match officials across the Sanzar boundaries.”

Bray started officiating at the provincial level in 1990 and began his test refereeing career in 2001 when he officiated in the international between Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

His last international was a 2008 Tri Nations Test between the Springboks and Wallabies in Durban.

In all, Bray refereed in seven internationals, 23 Super matches and 38 games in New Zealand’s premier provincial competition.”


Lyndon Bray