FORMER ENGLAND BACK AND RUGBY CORRESPONDENT
A diminutive fly-half, Stuart Barnes captained Wales Schools before heading to Oxford where he won three Blues, captaining the side in his final year against Rob Andrew's side. He played his club rugby for Newport while at university before switching to Bristol after he graduated. In the days before professionalism, he worked for a time at the Bristol & West Building Society.
After domestic success with Bristol, he controversially switched to Bath where he remained, eventually captaining them to English rugby's first league and cup double. In the season before the move he made his England debut, but that he only made ten appearances over the next nine years was more to the selectors' preference for Andrew. He retired after touring South Africa in 1994, partially because of a groin injury, although frustration probably played a part in his decision.
Stuart Barnes has been one of the country's most incisive commentators on the game since the Bath, England and Lions fly-half hung up his boots. A columnist and match analyst for both The Times and The Sunday Times, as well as one of the sport's most familiar voices from his many years at Sky.