Wayne Barnes

Overall Rating: 2.9

Country: England, Gloucestershire

Date Of Birth: Apr 20, 1979

Wayne Barnes (born 20 April 1979) is an English international rugby union referee. He is a regular referee in the Aviva Premiership, and has refereed games in the Heineken Cup and the European Challenge Cup. He has also refereed matches at the Rugby World Cup, the Six Nations, the Rugby Championship and the Pacific Nations competitions.

Kaplan’s Comments – Six Nations Round Three 2016

There were some really good moments during this past weekend’s 6 Nations, but it didn’t start with the game at the Millenium Sadium on Friday. Sure, it was a good win for Wales, keeping their title ambitions alive, but what a poor spectacle for the public. This is not the rugby that either team is […]

March 1, 2016 | 0 Comments.

Wayne Barnes on the TMO

What is happening when the TMO signal is made? Wayne Barnes discusses the function of the Television Match Official and the situations he can be brought in to help make correct decisions.

February 25, 2016 | 0 Comments.

Kaplan’s Comments – The RWC Semi-Finals

The semi-finals are done and dusted, and the two best teams in the world will contest the Final of the RWC. Both teams appeared to me to be deserving winners of their respective test matches, and the Final could be a classic. It is the first time since 1995 that two Southern Hemisphere teams will […]

October 26, 2015 | 7 Comments.

Kaplan’s Comments – Joubert and World Rugby

We held a little poll to see how many people agreed with Craig Jouberts decision at the end of the Scotland v Australia match, which ended in such controversy last Sunday. Even after World Rugby came out with their official version of events (I’m not convinced that the ball is actually knocked on by either […]

October 24, 2015 | 5 Comments.

Garcès and Barnes to ref semi-finals

The match officials have been confirmed for the semi-final stage of Rugby World Cup 2015 this weekend with Jérôme Garcès and Wayne Barnes selected as referees. The first semi-final will take place at Twickenham between South Africa and New Zealand on Saturday (kick-off 16:00) with France’s Garcès in the middle. He will be joined on […]

October 19, 2015 | 4 Comments.

Kaplan’s Comments – The Rugby World Cup Quarter-finals 2015

The quarterfinals of the RWC were great spectacles for the rugby nuts around the world, for a variety of reasons. The first, between SA and Wales was an incredibly tough test match. It won’t go down as a classic of the modern era, but it was tense, it was tactical, and the margin in the […]


World Cup quarter-final referees named

The match officials have been confirmed for the quarter-final stage of Rugby World Cup 2015 this weekend with Wayne Barnes, Nigel Owens, Jérôme Garcès and Craig Joubert all receiving appointments as referees. England’s Barnes will take charge of the first match on Saturday between South Africa and Wales at Twickenham (kick-off 16:00) and will be […]

October 14, 2015 | 2 Comments.

RWC 2015: The men who’ll be reffing the Springbok pool games

The Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks off in a few days time and the Springboks start their campaign with the familiar weight of hope, controversy and expectation placed on their shoulders. The players can control nearly all aspects of their fate in the coming weeks but one thing that is beyond their control is the […]

September 10, 2015 | 2 Comments.