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Barnes’ presence adds to Tri-Nations tension

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Tri Nations on 9 Aug 2008 at 15:10
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English referee Wayne Barnes will be seen but not heard in the build up to next Saturday’s Tri-Nations test between the All Blacks and South Africa.

Toby Robson writes in The Dominion Post that Barnes is the man Kiwi rugby fans will forever remember for missing the infamous forward pass in the All Blacks World Cup quarter-final loss to France.

He will be in the news in South Africa on Sunday morning (NZ time) as he referees the test between South Africa and Argentina in Johannesburg.

Barnes will come face to face with the All Blacks for the first time a week later as Australian Matt Goddard’s assistant referee in Cape Town.

Barnes has not spoken publicly about the World Cup since despite repeated requests by New Zealand media and IRB head of referees Paddy O’Brien has made it clear it will remain that way this week.

“It’s Wayne’s choice not to talk to the media and I support that… maybe in the future if he is refereeing a match in New Zealand there may be some media,” O’Brien said. “But not for this match. It would serve no point.”

O’Brien said there was “absolutely no chance” of Barnes conducting an interview before the match.

New Zealand rugby fans who were still talking about Barnes’ refereeing at the World Cup needed to “move on”, O’Brien said.

There was excitement among Johannesburg International Airport’s staff as the All Blacks arrived at dusk on Friday night, but it was a low key media reception, perhaps because the Lions were playing the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup.

Coach Graham Henry skilfully evaded the one South African television station reporter outside the international terminal and it may have been a wise move judging by the questions posed to senior players.

Though for New Zealand fans much of the pressure on coach Graham Henry was alleviated by last Saturday’s convincing 30-6 win over Australia in Auckland it appears the theme may continue in the Republic.

Captain Richie McCaw and lock Ali Williams were immediately asked if there was “any extra pressure” on the side considering the coach’s situation.

The All Blacks were to fly to Cape Town this morning before a light afternoon training session


  • If you listen to the length of time he takes to whistle for a penalty, this is a guy quite aware of being the man in the middle, and sure to let everyone know. Oh, and he coaches the teams non-stop.

    He may not be talking to the media, but he doesn’t stop on the field.

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.08.08 16:20:47 by hellbent Reply
  • @hellbent (Comment 1) : IMO both him and the touch jugges missed quite a lot of blatant mistakes today. Sorry, but I cannot rate him too highly.

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.08.08 17:49:35 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 2) : I agree with the All Blacks about one thing: he can’t spot a forward pass or knock on to save his life

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.08.08 17:57:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • He also missed a Spear tackle. As did the TJ (I refuse to call them assistant refs when they seem either incapable of making a serious decision or of seeing blatant indiscretions like this!).

    Did anyone see the Spear tackle last night in the Sharks game, Kaplan missed that one as well…

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.08.08 18:08:51 by hellbent Reply

  • BTW, no offence KSA.

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.08.08 18:50:48 by hellbent Reply

  • ‘last Saturday’s convincing 30-6 win over Australia in Auckland’ ❓

    Wasn’t it 39-10?

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.08.08 19:24:18 by McLovin Reply

  • Toby Robson must have left before the final whistle. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.08.08 19:24:54 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 6) : I am starting to sympathize with some of the writers making mistakes and then getting ripped apart. I refer to my “touch jugges” in post 2. 😯

    But then, I am not paid to get my facts or spelling correct, therefore McLovin, well spot. 😀

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.08.08 19:32:49 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 8) : Spotted 😳 See what I mean!!!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.08.08 19:35:22 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox

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