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Wayne Barnes (42)

Wayne Barnes took up refereeing at the age of 15 when his first game was Bream III v Berry Hill Wappers. and was the youngest referee ever appointed to the Panel of National Referees at the age of 21. Educated at Whitecross in Lydney and Monmouth School he studied law at the University of East Anglia. He became a full time English referee in April 2005, aged 25, the youngest ever to be appointed, after having earlier pursued a different career, specialising in criminal law in London. He is now a Barrister of Law based at Fulcrum Chambers. His first international appointment was as touch judge in Russia in the winter of 2002. He was a referee in the U19 World Cup in Paris in 2003 and at the U21 World Cup in Argentina in July of 2005. Loved by Kiwis the world over, he actually allowed players to tackle Dan Carter - a fact which sadly saw him dropped from the elite panel in 2012. Barnes managed to annoy at least one Kiwi when he sent Dylan Hartley off for swearing - ending the hooker's chance of becoming a British Lion.

Appearances by competition
Percentage of Home Wins
61%
61%
158
home wins
95
away wins
259
total games
Average points per game
44.10
points
94
max points
6
min points
Average tries per game
5.36
tries per game
340
home tries
298
away tries
Penalties per game
20.13
penalties per game
1122
home penalties
1273
away penalties
Yellow cards per game
0.97
yellow cards per game
53
home yellow
63
away yellow
Red cards per game
0.13
red cards per game
9
home red
7
away red
Penalty trend
Fewest penalties in a game
07-01-17
Gloucester Rugby
55 - 19
Worcester Warriors
11 pens
25-01-20
Bath Rugby
13 - 10
Leicester Tigers
11 pens
06-05-17
Wasps
35 - 15
Saracens
12 pens
08-10-16
Newcastle Falcons
19 - 14
Bristol Bears
13 pens
01-06-19
Exeter Chiefs
34 - 37
Saracens
13 pens
Most cards in a game
05-12-15
Worcester Warriors
20 - 29
Leicester Tigers

05-03-21
Leicester Tigers
33 - 32
London Irish

13-09-20
Leicester Tigers
28 - 24
Northampton Saints

07-04-18
Bath Rugby
19 - 34
Leicester Tigers
19-02-21
Bath Rugby
16 - 14
Gloucester Rugby
Records by nationality of participating teams
Games refereed per season