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Who’d be a referee? Well, if you ask Wayne - World Rugby Referee of the Year, he’d tell you it’s a pretty amazing job as it goes. He has been the man with the whistle for 90 international test matches and overseen more Rugby World Cup games than any other official. When not serving justice out on the grass, Wayne works as an experienced criminal barrister, focussing on sports compliance, bribery, corruption and serious fraud investigations as a Director at Fulcrum Chambers in London. Between the pitch and the bench, Wayne is a brilliant and engaging public speaker and a rugby expert for BT Sport, ITV and Channel 5.

Wayne Barnes

Rugby World Cup Referee, Experienced Criminal Barrister & Engaging Keynote Speaker

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Wayne Barnes

Who’d be a referee? Well, if you ask Wayne - World Rugby Referee of the Year, he’d tell you it’s a pretty amazing job as it goes. He has been the man with the whistle for 90 international test matches and overseen more Rugby World Cup games than any other official. When not serving justice out on the grass, Wayne works as an experienced criminal barrister, focussing on sports compliance, bribery, corruption and serious fraud investigations as a Director at Fulcrum Chambers in London. Between the pitch and the bench, Wayne is a brilliant and engaging public speaker and a rugby expert for BT Sport, ITV and Channel 5. 

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