Hot off the heels of our most recent Sportsman’s Dinner featuring Nigel Owens, Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that renowned referee Wayne Barnes will be on his way to the Blues Marquee ahead of the Autumn Internationals.
Undoubtedly one of the best referees in world rugby having refereed in the Premiership, European Champions Cup, the Six Nations, the Rugby Championship and the World Cup! This will be a fantastic opportunity to hear stories from the other side of the whistle!
Barnes started playing rugby at the age of eight, and took up refereeing aged 15 with Gloucester & District Referees. At university he transferred to the London Society of RFU Referees. In 2001, at the age of 21, Barnes became the youngest referee ever appointed to the Panel of National Referees and went on to become a professional referee in April 2005.

When not on the pitch, Barnes - or Wurzel as he was known at university - is a practicing barrister who specialises with corruption and bribery and has a love for musical theatre!
Speaking about the dinner which takes place on Thursday 11th October, organiser Ted Carroll, said: “We are thrilled to be able to invite Wayne to the Blues Marquee ahead of the Autumn Internationals. He is a world class referee who has many a tale about officiating the biggest games in world rugby and it is sure to be an exceptional evening of entertainment. We're also very grateful to Club Director Ian Bullerwell who is a friend of Wayne's and helped us arrange this very special visit.”

Tickets for the Sportsman’s Dinner, which will be overseen by Sam Roberts and includes a four course meal, cost £50 per person. For more information or to book your tickets, please email or