Wayne Barnes to referee the All Blacks against France in Paris in November – .

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Wayne Barnes to referee the All Blacks against France in Paris in November – .


English referee Wayne Barnes will once again take charge of a test between the All Blacks and France.

Barnes was given whistle duties for the clash between New Zealand and the Blues in Paris on November 20.

Barnes became the number one public enemy for All Black fans when he missed an assist ahead of France’s try in their 20-18 quarter-final win over the All Blacks in Cardiff in the Rugby World Cup 2007.

Despite New Zealand’s inability to drop to win the game, the nation’s anger was firmly focused on Barnes and his refereeing.

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He has taken control of two tests since that match between the two teams – in Auckland in 2013 and in Paris in 2016, with NZ winning both matches.

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Still, the 2007 game will always spark a reaction from many All Black fans.

“I think the most publicized error may have taken place in 2007 when there was a forward pass before a French try against New Zealand, the fallout was pretty huge,” he said. he told BT Sport two years ago.

Referee Wayne Barnes awards a penalty during the test between the All Blacks and France at Eden Park in 2013.
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Referee Wayne Barnes awards a penalty during the test between the All Blacks and France at Eden Park in 2013.

“I think I was voted New Zealand’s third most hated man that year so it was pretty impressive. As a referee you never want to make the headlines and every time you are, whether you’re right or wrong, that’s not what you’re here for.

Barnes was due to retire after the 2019 World Cup after becoming one of the most respected officials of the past decade.

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