Retired rugby referee Wayne Barnes has ranked the worst players to referee - Ruck

Retired rugby referee Wayne Barnes has ranked the worst players to referee

Record-breaking rugby referee Wayne Barnes has ranked some of the trickier players he had to run the rule over down the years.

Barnes has taken charge of a record 111 Tests, which included officiating at five World Cups.

He showed the first-ever red card in a final to New Zealand captain Sam Cane for a high tackle as South Africa retained their title.

In his first interview since announcing his retirement, Barnes said he believed social media abuse was getting worse.

Worst players to referee

#5. Joe Marler (England)

Marler is a current English rugby union prop, recognized for his formidable scrummaging and colorful personality.

He has played for Harlequins and represented England in numerous international competitions, including the Rugby World Cup. Marler is also known for his media presence and candid commentary.

BARNES SAID: ” “He was always a funny one on the field in nice way. You’d be trying to tell him something serious and he’d just want to have a laugh and a joke.

“But he does bring a smile to your face. That is what is unique about our sport, the interaction between players and refs and refs and coaches. It does show our sport off in a good light.”

Joe Marler facts: 

  1. Marler started his career at Haywards Heath RFC in Sussex where he played in the same side as fellow England international Billy Twelvetrees
  2. After joining the Quins academy in 2008, the prop spent some time on loan to Esher and Worthing
  3. He’s been nicknamed Croissant. In his own words, it’s because: “The boys think I have a nose that looks like a French pastry.”
  4. Marler was captain for England at U18s level and represented the U20 squad throughout the Junior World Championship in summer 2009
  5. He is also one of the hosts of The Joe Marler Show podcast with Tom Fordyce