If you’re excited about today’s start of the Nat West Six Nations, then pop this onto your podcast playlist.
Six Nations, and 77 times international referee, Wayne Barnes spoke to The Times’ The Ruck podcast a few weeks ago. The interview shows the personable side of Premiership Rugby’s longest serving referee, the bete noir of many fans. It shows what the Six Nations officials will be looking at, their approach to the game and the enthusiasm they have.
Wayne speaks to Times’ veteran rugby reporter Stephen Jones about:
- life as an international referee,
- the tactics officials will be keeping an eye on in the Six Nations
- the camaraderie among the World Rugby referees what Nigel Owens sang at his wedding.
- the reality between what looks illegal and whether it really is, when it comes to the rush defence
- player dissent and appealing – especially those looking for a card
- and whether Richie McCaw truly knew the rule book better than anyone else
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