"Should be ashamed" - Some Ireland fans send vile abuse to Wayne Barnes after World Cup exit - Ruck

“Should be ashamed” – Some Ireland fans send vile abuse to Wayne Barnes after World Cup exit

Ireland fans have faced criticism for directing a barrage of harsh comments towards referee Wayne Barnes after their World Cup elimination against the All Blacks.

One supporter expressed on social media, “It’s disheartening to witness Irish fans blaming Wayne Barnes for Ireland’s loss. He’s a top-notch referee who officiated a great game. Ireland was the second-best team on the day. Congratulations to both teams for a fantastic match, capturing the essence of rugby with its joys and heartaches.”

Former England player Nick Easter chimed in, praising Barnes: “Wayne Barnes doesn’t miss a thing. He’s been able to spot things that other referees might overlook. His performance played a crucial role in an incredible game.”

Rugby writer Paul Williams remarked, “I believe Wayne Barnes managed the scrums flawlessly. If he repeatedly instructs you to avoid widening your hips, it’s as straightforward as that – heed his advice.”

In contrast, some fans voiced their disapproval of the abuse directed at Wayne Barnes by Irish supporters. One individual commented, “The derogatory remarks aimed at Wayne Barnes by some Irish fans are disgraceful. Irish supporters should feel ashamed of themselves.”

A considerable number of Ireland fans vented their frustration towards the experienced English referee. This was evident in a tweet from Rugby Lad, stating, “Wayne Barnes seems to have an issue with Ireland.”


Numerous other comments directed at Barnes were too offensive to be shared with one wishing death on Barnes.

One Irish fan responded: “This is absolutely vile. It blows my mind people think saying stuff like this is in anyway acceptable. I like to think 99% of Irish supporters like myself are absolutely gutted, but would never dream of saying something so disgusting. Disgraceful.”


Fullback: Israel Folau (Australia)

Owens said: “For me, it’s nip and tuck between Halfpenny and Folau, next to nothing to choose between them. Leigh is brilliant because under the high ball and with his kicking at goal under pressure. He may not always break the line when running but puts his body on the line in defence and is a top-notch match-winner.

“But I go for Folau – only just, I should stress – because of his ability to seemingly beat his man every time he gets the ball in his hand. He’s such an exciting player and like Leigh he is one of the best under the high ball.

“It’s a toss of a coin for me… and it’s come down in Folau’s favour.”

Winger: Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

Owens said: “How can you fail to be impressed when watching Hogg play. He’s so exciting as he burst into that line and, of course, was named Six Nations player of the tournament.

“I know he’s a full-back for Scotland, but he is so quick and direct he could easily play on the wing. He reminds me a bit of Shane Williams with some of the things he does.

“When you see who is on the other wing in my team, you’ll see how they would work brilliantly in tandem.”

Outside-centre: Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)

Owens said: “Not only is he one of the greatest centres in the history of rugby union but he’s a fantastic man off the field as well. O’Driscoll has been a wonderful ambassador for the sport and a real leader. He always respected referees and set the right example for others to follow.

“A legend of the game who conducted himself superbly, on and off the pitch.”

Inside-centre: Ma’a Nonu (New Zealand)

Owens said: “He’s another brilliant player and after every game, win or lose, he would come up and give me a hug. Ma’a has always found time at after-match functions or at breakfast if we’ve been staying at the same hotel to come over and have a chat.

“What a player, mind, too. One of the stalwarts of the New Zealand side for so many years.”

Winger: Shane Williams (Wales)

Owens said: “When people ask me who is the best player I have refereed it’s pretty much an impossible task to pick one because I’ve been lucky enough to take charge of so many greats.

“But if I’m pushed, I would pick Shane for what he achieved after coming from football at 17 or 18 years of age.

“He was in the mould of Gerald Davies in how he left defenders gasping for air as he beat them with those dazzling sidesteps. Nobody would fancy defending against a back three of Shane, Hogg and Folau, I can tell you that.”