David Barnes has been appointed as the Rugby Football Union’s Head of Discipline. He will join on 17 July taking over from incumbent Gerard McEvilly, who is emigrating to Australia.
David has been an RFU citing officer since 2014, working on appointments for the Premiership, Greene King IPA Championship, and World Rugby.
Ian Ritchie, RFU CEO said: “As a former player and citing officer David has a wealth of experience and understanding of the game, which will be very valuable to this role. I know that he has a lot to offer the discipline department and we look forward to welcoming David to the RFU.
“I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank Gerard. In his five years at the RFU, he has played a significant role to drive the high standards that we expect the game in line with rugby’s core values. Gerard leaves the disciplinary department in a very strong position and we wish him all the best for his new life down under.”
David added: “I’m delighted to take up the role of Head of Discipline at the RFU. This is such an important area within the game. I’m relishing the opportunity to work with the independent judiciary to further develop and shape the disciplinary system and help to protect the values of our game.”
David joins the RFU in a full-time capacity, having been a citing officer for the last three seasons. Prior to that he spent over nine years at the Rugby Players’ Association initially as Chairman and then as Rugby Operations Director.
A former professional rugby player, David’s career spanned 14 years. He played for clubs including Newcastle Falcons, where he won the 97/98 Premiership title, Harlequins, and Bath, where he played in a club record 270 professional first team games. In 2006, David featured in an England XV side against the Barbarians. He then captained England Saxons at the 2006 Churchill Cup. David has also represented the Barbarians FC on four occasions.