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Wayne Barnes receives ‘wonderful’ Christmas present from Owen Farrell

Owen Farrell, Steve Borthwick and the England squad quietly showed how rugby is about camaraderie and respect with their gift to referee Wayne Barnes.

101 – That is the number of Tests which English referee Wayne Barnes has refereed, which is a world record. Barnes equalled the record – set by former Welsh referee Nigel Owens – when he took charge of the Wales v New Zealand match at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on November 5 and set a new mark when he was the man in the middle when France hosted South Africa in Marseille on November 12.

Wayne Barnes ranks the five toughest players to referee

#5. 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.”

Joe Marler facts: 

Marler started his career at Haywards Heath RFC in Sussex where he played in the same side as fellow England international Billy Twelvetrees

After joining the Quins academy in 2008, the prop spent some time on loan to Esher and Worthing

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.”

Marler was captain for England at U18s level and represented the U20 squad throughout the Junior World Championship in summer 2009

He is also one of the hosts of The Joe Marler Show podcast with Tom Fordyce