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Wayne Barnes and Rob Andrew made a great double-act for SporTedd


Wayne told of his embarrassment when he sent off Martin Johnson


SporTedd Chair Trevor Alldridge introduces the rugby stars at The Wharf in Teddington
Wayne and Rob are quizzed by SporTedd’s Alison Kervin

The former top rugby union referee Wayne Barnes and ex-England rugby fly half Rob Andrew proved to be a brilliant double-act at this week’s latest local fund-raiser for SporTedd.

As well as recalling their respective career highlights (and lowlights) they answered a wide selection of questions from the audience at The Wharf restaurant in Teddington.

Wayne, who recently retired after refereeing the World Cup final between New Zealand and South Africa, told of his awkwardness sending off former England World Cup winning rugby captain Martin Johnson as well as his respect for former All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw.

Rob Andrew, who lives locally, and won 71 caps for England and made five appearances for the British & Irish Lions jokingly compared his drop goal scoring skills to 2003 World Cup hero Johnny Wilkinson but was adamant that England would win the current Six Nations tournament.

Wayne, a resident of Twickenham, who has just published his best-selling autobiography Throwing The Book, was not quite as sure and expressed his admiration and respect for the Ireland team.

As well as posing for photographs and signing autographs the two rugby legends helped draw the traditional raffle which included rugby tickets for Harlequins v Northampton Saints at Twickenham, Champions League football tickets, signed copies of Wayne’s book, a signed and framed photo of Marcus Smith and a signed England rugby shirt.

The evening raised over £3000 which will be donated to local sport-themed projects and comes just ten days after another sell-out night with Judy Murray, which raised a similar amount.

SporTedd hopes to break through the £100.000 barrier this year with more exciting and big name events marking the Olympics in Paris and the football Euros as well as possible offbeat offerings.

If you are connected or involved with a local sports project or a school or a club which needs some financial support go to the website or if you want to get involved and support our aims and enjoy a fantastic night out on your doorstep please consider becoming a member for just £100 a year.

Our past guests have included Tim Henman, Damon Hill, Andrew Strauss, Gary Lineker, Judy Murray, Lord Coe, Clive Woodward, Lawrence Dallaglio, Kenny Logan, Sue Barker, Tracy Edwards, Chemmy Alcott, Mark Hunter, Christine Ohuruogu, Roger Black and Jason Leonard.

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