Referee Barnes to take charge of Saints’ Gardens clash with Worcester

RED CARD DAY - Wayne Barnes dismisses Saints skipper Dylan Hartley in last season's Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham (Picture: Sharon Lucey)
RED CARD DAY - Wayne Barnes dismisses Saints skipper Dylan Hartley in last season's Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham (Picture: Sharon Lucey)
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Wayne Barnes will take charge of a Saints game for the first time since the 2013 Aviva Premiership final when Worcester head to Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday.

Barnes dismissed Saints skipper Dylan Hartley at Twickenham last May as Leicester Tigers claimed Premiership title glory.

Hartley was found guilty of verbally abusing Barnes in the first half of the league showpiece and was subsequently banned for 11 weeks.

But the pair will not come face to face this weekend, as Hartley is currently on England Six Nations duty.