He is widely acknowledged as one of the best referees in the world, though many hold a bit of a grudge against him for being a bit English and pedantic, or for specific moments in matches.
In New Zealand Wayne Barns is well remembered for failing to spot a forward pass in their Cardiff defeat in the 2007 World Cup.
That history was brought up again last week when Barnesy overruled the TMO and denied TJ Perenara a try, as he deemed the final pass from Aaron Cruden had gone forward.
So it was quite brave for Barnes to show up at a bar in Wellington this weekend, after the second test between the All Blacks and Wales. Being an Englishman, it was no less brave for him as it was the Welsh bar The Welsh Dragon.
The bar was packed as people showed up to watch the Wales v England soccer match, with the Welsh team also being invited. As Barnes is not a part of the refereeing team for the last test in Dunedin, he was free to socialise.
And he showed his wit when he signed the pub’s guest book, leaving the comment “What pass?”, once more, jokingly, putting his finger on that Kiwi sore spot.