|Date of birth||22 November 1962|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|University||St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford|
|Rugby union career|
|Years||Club / team|
|1980 - 1983
1983 - 1985
1985 - 1994
|Years||Club / team||Caps||(points)|
|1984 - 1993
Stuart Barnes (born 22 November 1962 in Grays, Essex) is a former English rugby union footballer, and now rugby commentator for Sky Sports. Barnes played fly-half for Newport RFC, Bristol, Bath; and represented England and the British Lions at international level.
Although borrn in Essex, he was to captain Wales Schools.
He arrived at Bath aged 22: "disaffected with England and, with my volatile character, I could easily have drifted out of the game altogether. At the time the big joke was that I'd had more clubs than Jack Nicklaus - Newport, Bristol and Bath by 22 and people doubted my character, they thought of me as being very fickle and at Bath I found what I wanted - a rugby home.". His first Bath game was on 7 September 1985 versus Plymouth Albion on the Rec. He would later captain Bath to the first League/Cup double achieved by an English team.
Life after playing
Barnes' last game was the Bath versus Leicester Pilkington Cup Final on 7 May 1994, which Bath won 21–9. He resigned from the Bristol and West building society shortly afterwards. Barnes became a freelance writer and reporter for the Telegraph, and wrote his autobiography Smelling of Roses.
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