Get fit, All Blacks tell rugby referees

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Associated Press

Posted on July 14, 2010 at 1:07 AM

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand has told international rugby referees to "get fitter" in order to keep up with the pace of the modern game.

All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith delivered the message Wednesday ahead of the second Tri-Nations test against South Africa, saying referees needed to be at peak fitness to meet the demands of test rugby.

Smith's comments came after last week's first test when 46-year-old Irish referee Alan Lewis appeared to struggle to keep up with play as New Zealand won 32-12.

Another Irishman, Alain Rolland, will control Saturday's test at Wellington.

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