The Lions were in action against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians this morning – three weeks before the opening test against the Kiwis.
A lot of fans were nevertheless angry with his pronunciation of Greig Laidlaw’s name.
One annoyed Twitter user wrote: “Another six weeks of Stuart Barnes being unbelievably awful is going to test my patience to breaking point… #LionsNZ2017”
Need to replace Stuart Barnes at the break. Also bring on Greig Laidlaw for Gregor Laidlaw
Another said: “Amongst those have a shocker: Stuart Barnes…”
One joked: “Need to replace Stuart Barnes at the break. Also bring on Greig Laidlaw for Gregor Laidlaw. #LionsNZ2017”
While a fellow rugby fan added: “Why does Stuart Barnes insist on calling Greig Laidlaw “Gregor” it’s not his name and it’s disrespectful!!! #LionsNZ2017″
One took it into upon himself to tweet Sky Sports directly and said: “can someone tell Stuart Barnes that it’s Greig Laidlaw, NOT Gregor!!! #LionsNZ2017
Note to Stuart Barnes – stop calling him Gregor Laidlaw!!
— Matt Scott (@MattScott_10) June 3, 2017
Why does Barnes keep calling Laidlaw ‘Gregor’?#LionsNZ2017
— Blood & Mud (@bloodandmud) June 3, 2017
— Gareth Hopkins (@GarHop78) June 3, 2017
Gregor Laidlaw? How long until Barnes starts calling Seymour Tommy Boyd again 😂 #LionsNZ2017
— Paula Stephen (@Paulapaula_s) June 3, 2017
Ten minutes in and Stuart Barnes has called Laidlaw:
Grega Laidlaw, Gregor Laidlaw and Graidlaw.Incompetent buffoon commentator.#LionsNZ2017
— Mark Shand (@MarkShand91) June 3, 2017