I used to read his articles in the press but I gave up ages ago (not sure if he still writes to be honest) as his pompous, negative scribbling on anything rugby used to drive me nuts. He just used to come across as a bitter and twisted individual since being dropped by England many moons ago and doesn't seem to have changed. Throbber.
Yep he does my nut in every England match. If he commentates a France match he seems to wax lyrical about their achievements expansive/visionary but in contrast the exact same play by England is viewed as luck/lack of vision.
Mrs Stinker believes he likes the sound of his own voice.
Barnes if you like the French so fcukin much move there.
Guru - whole heartedly agree about Bill McLaren, possibly the greatest Rugby commentator ever.
Yes, yes and thrice yes. He talks absolute wibble and doesn't seem sure what sport he is commentating on half the time.
i.e., after a team had a player sent off: 'They're down to 10 men now'.
After a penalty had been awarded: 'Do they take the 3 points or try for the 6?'
During the Argentina v France game: '[Argentina] will go deep with this kick' half a second before they kicked high and short - just like they had been doing for the previous 30 minutes when near the half-way line.
When he's not wibbling about the game, he's trying his hand at woeful prose in his incessant drone: 'The crunch of body on body'. I'd rather hear the crunch of a ball-pein hammer on his skull, the boring twunt.
I used to read his articles in the press but I gave up ages ago (not sure if he still writes to be honest) as his pompous, negative scribbling on anything rugby used to drive me nuts.
He's in the Sunday Times' World Cup guide and had managed to predict a New Zealand v Australia final. The only way that is possible is for one of them to finish second in their pool. He also predicted South Africa and France as semi-finalists, it would need some bizarre results for this to happen.
So its nothing to do with England being a crap rugby team then?Mind you they did beat the Massive rugby playing nation called Samoa yesterday.
"and he's wriggling around in that ruck, like a trout up a burn"
Saw Bill McLaren receive an award at Murrayfield, just before the last ever 5 Nations Calcutta cup. He got a standing ovation from the entire stadium. He is the only commentator I've ever heard who was completely neutral, even when commetating on Scotland.
OOOOooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh someone please shoot Barnes instead of sacking him.
Will Greenwood is very good had the chance to meet him a couple of years ago real gent.
Murray Mexted is brill, great comments and one liners especially about the nights out in France and the ladies ha ha.
Forgot to add line up Jonathon Davies next to Barnes in the firing squad
WOOOOAHHH there fella. While he may not be the most gifted commentator, he's the only current one who actually tells it as it is. Eg, (when someone's on the wrong side of a ruck and getting a shoeing) "It's his own fault, he shouldn't be there"