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Wayne Barnes retires from refereeing after overseeing World Cup last

Wayne Barnes has introduced his retirement from refereeing on the age of 44. Barnes retires with final weekend’s Rugby World Cup last his last match within the center after an illustrious profession.

Over 17 years, the Englishman has had a terrific 17-year profession taking in 5 World Cups, 26 Six Nations matches, three Champions Cup finals and ten Premiership finals. He took cost of a document 111 males’s Exams and 27 RWC matches and goes out on the prime of the sport after blowing the full-time whistle in South Africa’s 12-11 win over the All Blacks on Saturday.

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Barnes has labored as a barrister throughout his refereeing profession and pledged to proceed to advocate for rugby officers and guarantee they’ve a voice in addition to acceptable help networks amid an increase in on-line abuse, one thing Barnes was topic to after the ultimate wherein New Zealand captain Sam Cane was despatched off and Tyson Frizell, Siya Kolisi and Cheslin Kolbe obtained yellow playing cards.

In an announcement, Barnes mentioned: “Over the previous 20 years, I’ve been in the midst of a number of the biggest rugby matches in historical past.

“I’ve seen a number of the world’s greatest gamers and labored with a number of the best coaches the sport has ever produced. Final Saturday, I used to be privileged to referee the Rugby World Cup last between two of essentially the most iconic groups in sport; the All Blacks and the Springboks.

“Individuals typically say you’ll know when it’s the proper time to retire, and that is clearly the correct time for me and for my household. My youngsters have missed out on time with their dad for much too lengthy and I’m now wanting ahead to household weekends, sports activities matches, college assemblies and birthday events.

“My spouse, Polly, has sacrificed greater than anybody in order that I’ve been in a position to obtain a few of my private objectives. Whereas I’ve been away most weekends and for first rate chunks of the yr, she has needed to juggle being an incredible mum with two energetic youngsters, together with holding down a massively profitable profession of her personal.

“I’ll proceed to advocate for referees and work carefully with the Worldwide Rugby Match Officers’ affiliation to make sure match officers throughout the globe not solely have a collective voice but in addition the suitable help community for them and their households, notably as on-line abuse and threats have change into far too common for all of these concerned within the recreation.

“I’m extraordinarily proud that my profession has spanned 5 Rugby World Cups, 26 Six Nations matches, three European Champions Cup finals and 10 Premiership Finals, and I’m grateful for all of those that have helped me alongside the best way, particularly, Chris White, Tony Spreadbury, Brian Campsall, Nigel Yates and Phil Keith-Roach.

“It’s been an unbelievable journey.”

Response as Barnes retires

RFU CEO Invoice Sweeney mentioned it was becoming that Barnes retires after taking cost of the ultimate alongside an all-England refereeing crew and would encourage future generations of match officers.

He mentioned: “On behalf of everybody on the RFU, I wish to thank Wayne for his unbelievable contribution to the organisation and to skilled refereeing over the previous 20 years. Wayne has constantly set requirements, damaged data and is the primary referee on the earth.

“Having made historical past refereeing the World Cup last alongside an all-England officiating crew it’s a becoming finish to his worldwide refereeing profession. Gamers, coaches, and everybody concerned within the recreation will miss his readability, accuracy, and dedication alongside together with his nice sense of humour and keenness for the sport each on and off the pitch”.

“We all know that Wayne will encourage future generations of match officers with out whom, we’d not take pleasure in or uphold rugby values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment self-discipline and sportsmanship.”

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