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Referee Barnes hits 150 at the Rec

12 March 2015

One of the best-known referees in world rugby officiated his 150th Aviva Premiership Rugby match at the Rec last week.

Wayne Barnes oversaw Bath Rugby's victory against Sale Sharks on Friday night, but he still had time to referee the next generation of rugby stars on Sunday at Farnham Rugby Club for the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup. Launched during the 2008-09 season, the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is the first national grassroots tournament officiated by Premiership Rugby.

When he took to the field at the Rec for Round 18, Barnes became only the third referee in Premiership Rugby history to officiate 150 matches - and was glad that match was not as dramatic as his first.

"The Rec is a special place and it was a beautiful day on Friday," said Barnes. "To hit 150 games shows you are getting a bit old but also I have some fantastic memories of those games. My first game was at the Rec as well, in 2003, so it was nice to come full circle.

"It was an interesting game, Bath versus Rotherham, and two really strange events happened. One was a mass brawl and I thought I had taken charge of it as the crowd started to cheer, but actually a streaker had run on to stop the game.

"Then the linesman told me to stop the game on the microphone, which usually means there's a brawl, but there was an ambulance driving up the middle of the pitch as someone had taken ill in the stands. So it was definitely a memorable game!"

 

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