Andrew Mehrtens And Wayne Barnes To Entertain At The Long Lunch
As the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens approaches, two international speakers have been announced for the much anticipated Rugby Sevens Long Lunch. Andrew Mehrtens, former All Blacks player and Wayne Barnes, international rugby union referee will be entertaining over 800 guests on 6 October 2016. The event is part of the build-up for the biggest sporting and social event of the year taking place 1-3 December 2016.
Andrew is regarded as one of the greatest players New Zealand has ever produced and has been the driving force behind many famous All Blacks, Crusaders and Canterbury victories. Andrew’s career saw him play 72 games for the All Blacks, 70 of which were tests, 87 for the Crusaders, where he was instrumental in the 1998, 1999 and 2000 Super 12 wins, as well as 108 for Canterbury, where he helped to win the 1997, 2001 and 2004 NPC titles.
In 2005, Andrew signed with English club Harlequins and played a major role in leading the newly relegated club to an immediate return to the top-level Guinness Premiership. Following his time with Harlequins, Andrew moved to France to play for Toulon, Racing Metro and Beziers.
Wayne Barnes is one of the most well-known rugby officials on the scene; he became a professional referee in April 2005, aged 25, the youngest ever to be appointed. He refereed his first International match, Fiji against Samoa in Suva, this was followed by refereeing his first RBS 6 Nations game between Italy and France and the opening match of the 2007 Tri-Nations between South Africa and Australia. In September 2007 he was selected as one of 12 referees at the Rugby World Cup in France; the youngest referee ever to be appointed. More recently Wayne was selected to referee at England joining an elite group of referees. During the tournament he refereed New Zealand v Argentina at Wembley, the Quarter Final between Wales and South Africa and the Semi Final between Australia and Argentina where he became the most capped Rugby World Cup referee of all time; having refereed 15 games over the three tournaments
Wayne studied law at the University of East Anglia and called to the Bar in 2002. He began his career as a Barrister defending and prosecuting criminal cases across London. He is still a barrister with Fulcrum Chambers, a law firm specialising in bribery and corruption.
The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens is taking place on 1-3 December 2016. Ticket Prices (general admission) are:
- Thursday – Free Admission
- Friday 2 December - in advance AED300, on the day AED400
- Saturday 3 December - in advance AED300, on the day AED400
- Season Tickets (Friday and Saturday) - in advance AED500, on the day AED600
- Children under 12 admitted free.
Visitors to the event have the option of reserving their seats. Reserved Seating and Corporate Hospitality packages are available HERE