Wayne Barnes is doing very well for himself after retiring from rugby refereeing - Ruck

Wayne Barnes is doing very well for himself after retiring from rugby refereeing

Wayne Barnes, renowned for his nearly three-decade-long stint in rugby officiating that kickstarted in his teenage years, has decided to bid adieu to the whistle following the 2023 Rugby World Cup, citing familial considerations.

Despite his commitments on the field, Barnes seamlessly juggled his law career, ascending to the position of partner at Squire Patton Boggs Government Investigations & White Collar Practice in London.

A seasoned criminal barrister and trial advocate with over twenty years of experience navigating intricate legal territories, Barnes, leveraging his rich rugby background, now stands at the intersection of law and sports, offering his expertise to a wide array of clients, from national governing bodies to commercial entities, on matters ranging from sports law to ethics and governance.

Not confining his endeavors to the realm of sports alone, Barnes’s legal acumen extends across various industries, including publishing, logistics, and energy. He’s no stranger to high-pressure scenarios, having represented clients under the scrutiny of entities like the UK Serious Fraud Office and the US Department of Justice.

Moreover, Barnes frequently lends his expertise to companies and individuals, providing invaluable guidance on navigating regulatory landscapes and averting legal entanglements.

Referee is rugby union’s richest man with an incredible net worth of £39.3m

The rugby world isn’t just about breathtaking tries and fierce tackles; it’s also a realm where fortunes are made. Here’s the lowdown on the top 10 wealthiest rugby players right now:

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10. Owen Farrell – £1.46 million ($2 million)
Saracens are making waves in the Premiership, and Owen Farrell, their skipper, is reaping the rewards. The bulk of his net worth, a cool £1.46 million, flows directly from his dedication to Saracens.

9. Maro Itoje – £1.46 million ($2 million)
Teammate to Farrell both at England and Saracens, Maro Itoje is on a trajectory to become one of rugby’s highest earners. His salary, comparable to the national skipper’s, showcases his potential.

8. Charles Piutau – £1.85 million ($2.5 million)
Former All Blacks player Charles Piutau’s move to Bristol Bears came with an eyewatering salary. The club’s investment in him during his five seasons speaks volumes about his impact.