Wayne Barnes has made the unprecedented move of announcing his relocation to Wellington, New Zealand
Barnes who recently reached achieved international fame after he refereed the controversial 20-18 French defeat over the All Blacks in the World Cup was quoted as saying,
"Those cute little kiwis, sure those fellas wouldn't harm a fly… I've been talking to some of the All Blacks including Lukey McAllister and he said yes… I would be welcome alright… he also mentioned how New Zealanders would be more than happy to take care of me".
McAllister apparently laughed hysterically before hanging up.
Barnes (age 11 ¾) is a fully qualified Barrister has ignored all security advice given to him on the dangers to his wellbeing, and has instead decided to pack up his newly purchased transformers luggage and head down south.
A spokesman for the notorious gang the Mongrel Mob said (while repeatedly punching his fist) 'there will be a very very warm welcome for Barnesy on his arrival in Wellington'.
When questioned earlier, the head of the Wellington Police refused to comment but did say they were currently co-ordinating with the UN for security advice.
It is believed 'Barnsey' is hoping to open up a new legal practice dealing exclusively in sports cases while continuing to part time referee in the super 14.