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Barnes to use 1905 whistle for 100th Test as referee

Barnes to use 1905 whistle for 100th Test as referee

Barnes to use 1905 whistle for 100th Test as referee

Referee Wayne Barnes takes charge of Maoris vs Ireland Referee Wayne Barnes Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

To mark his 100th Test as a referee, Wayne Barnes will use the whistle from Wales and New Zealand’s famous 1905 Test when the two sides clash again on Saturday in the Autumn Nations Series.

Barnes will equal the record set by Nigel Owens, who reached his century when he took charge of France’s win over Italy in the 2020 Autumn Nations Cup.

Barnes will hold the record outright when he takes charge of Six Nations Grand Slam winners France and world champions South Africa in Round 3.

The English referee made his Test debut in 2006, taking charge of three matches in the inaugural Pacific Five Nations.

And the 43-year-old wants to continue his top-level career despite breaking Owens’ record.

“There are still some things that I want to do, I’m still refereeing pretty well,” said Barnes.

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“I have to work hard at my fitness, that gets harder so you have to look after yourself a little bit more.

“I still want to be involved in the big European Cup matches with South African teams coming in. I want to be involved in World Cups, if I go to the next one (in 2023 in France) that will be my fifth.

“If England are involved in the final I will be there and cheering in the stands as I know that England being successful does a lot more for Teddington Rugby Club and a lot more for Bream Rugby Club back in the Forest of Dean because it gets people talking about our sport.

“If England are not there and I’ve put myself in a good enough position, then we will see.”

Wales celebrate after Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty to win the game

Barnes has refereed Wales more than any other country, and he has taken charge of more games in Principality Stadium than in any other ground.

Wales won the 1905 Test 3-0, but the game is better known for All Blacks star Bob Deans’ try-that-never-was.

The centre maintained that he had scored until his premature death in 1908 from complications after an appendix operation.

However, Scotsman John Dallas ruled that Deans had grounded the ball short of the line and called for a five-yard scrum.

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