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Congratulations to Wayne Barnes OBE

Updated: Jun 20

Old Monmothian, Wayne Barnes was awarded an OBE for services to Rugby Union in the 2024 King's Birthday Honours.


He was educated at Monmouth School and took up refereeing aged 15 with Gloucester & District Referees. At university he transferred to the Norfolk Referees Society, part of Eastern Counties (ECRURF) followed by a transfer to London Society of RFU Referees. In 2001, at the age of 21, Barnes became the youngest referee ever appointed to the Panel of National Referees, becoming a professional referee in April 2005.


Wayne is a criminal barrister and partner at Squire Patton Boggs.


For anyone wishing to know more about this Rugby refereeing legend. Wayne's autobiography 'Throwing the book' was published in November 2023 and is available from all good booksellers. He is also giving a talk at The Blake Theatre in Monmouth on Friday 20th September 2024.



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