Wayne Barnes appointed as replacement referee for Ireland versus Wales
Steve Walsh had withdrawn from the game because of business commitments
Wayne Barnes will referee Ireland versus Wales. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho
Barnes will replace Australia’s Steve Walsh, who World Rugby announced had withdrawn from the game because of business commitments.
Barnes had initially been appointed as an assistant official for Italy versus France on March 15th, but Welshman Nigel Owens will now take over from him in that role.
Barnes refereed Ireland’s win over France in round two of the competition at the Aviva. He handed French lock Pascal Pape a yellow card in that game for his knee on Jamie Heaslip which cracked three vertebrate in the Leinster captain’s back. Pape was subsequently handed a 10-week ban for the incident.