Gerry Thornley: In Wayne Barnes Ireland must trust
Record with the English referee in charge is noticeably worse than with any other
Referee Wayne Barnes awards a penalty to Wales in the last minute of normal time which leads to Ireland’s defeat in the 2012 Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Alan Betson.
The 37-year-old English barrister cum referee has long since been lauded by many in the English media and, having been a Test referee since 2006, is vastly experienced, having officiated in four World Cups, yet there’s no doubt Ireland’s record with Barnes in charge is disconcerting.