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'Why the whistle went' with Wayne Barnes

Without them, we wouldn’t be able to play the game we love.

Referees are as essential and equally as polarising as any facet of rugby and, in the modern game, there is none more decorated or revered than Wayne Barnes.

As the world’s best official prepares to hang up his whistle, Welford Road will play host to an intimate evening with the record-breaking man in the middle, to gain an exclusive insight in to his career and better understand why the whistle went…

Barnes, a practising barrister, has officiated at the top-level of the game in the northern and southern hemisphere for more almost 15 seasons and featured at the 2007, 2011, 2015 and most recently, the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The 40-year-old has taken control of more than 200 Premiership Rugby fixtures, countless European Champions and Challenge Cup clashes and Rugby Championship, Tri Nations, Bledisloe Cup and Six Nations games.

Join us on Wednesday, February 26 in the famous Premiership Suite at Welford Road for a night not to be missed.

Only 12 tables are available for this unique evening and each table will be hosted by a Tigers player who will circulate, so that each table can chat with three different players throughout the night. As part of the evening you will enjoy a three-course dinner with coffee, and half a bottle of wine per person.

Details of the event

Date: Wednesday, February 26

Time: 6.45pm.

Location: Premiership Suite (Welford Road Stadium).


  • 6.45pm - Drinks Reception
  • 7.15pm - Guests to be seated for dinner 
  • 7.30pm - Welcome
  • 7.45pm - Dinner to be served
  • 10.30pm - Formal part of the evening to conclude


This event is sure to sell-out so book now to guarantee your place at this memorable evening. The full evening including player interaction is just £120 + VAT per person

How to book

Book your place online or contact Matthew Yeomans on 0116 217 1202 or email Matthew on [email protected].