"Richie always" - World Cup final referee Wayne Barnes ranks the four worst players to officiate - Ruck

“Richie always” – World Cup final referee Wayne Barnes ranks the four worst players to officiate

England’s Wayne Barnes will referee the Rugby World Cup final between New Zealand and South Africa at Stade de France on Saturday.

At the age of 44, Barnes is set to etch his name in the annals of rugby history as only the second Englishman to lead a Rugby World Cup final, following in the esteemed footsteps of Ed Morrison, who took the helm in 1995.

Assisting Barnes in this epic encounter, we have the dynamic duo of Karl Dickson and Matthew Carley, poised to be the assistant referees. Additionally, Tom Foley has been bestowed with the responsibility of the television match official, ensuring that the highest standards of officiating are maintained throughout this thrilling championship clash.

He wrote on Twitter: “It is the greatest honour of my career to be given the responsibility of refereeing a Rugby World Cup final 2023.”

Close friend and fellow Premiership whistleblower Luke Pearce commented: “Delighted for Barnsey. 20 + years of hard graft rewarded. Top friend and colleague for many years. No better person for the job.”

It is the first time in Rugby World Cup history that all the officials have been appointed from one union.

“It speaks volumes for the quality of English officials and this group who work so brilliantly alongside one another,” Rugby Football Union chief executive Bill Sweeney said.

“All of our officials who have played a part in this tournament can be very proud of the contribution they have made to its success, and w

#4. Joe Marler (England)

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.”