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The Barbarian Rugby Club, more commonly known as the French Barbarians, is a rugby union team formed in 1979 and based in France. It was founded as an amateur invitational team modeled on the Barbarian F.C..

French Barbarians
(French: Barbarians français)
French Barbarians Crest.svg
Nickname(s) Les Babas
Coach(es) Frank Azema
Captain(s) Aurélien Rougerie
Team kit
First match
French Barbarians 26 – 22  Scotland
(2 May 1980)
Largest win
French Barbarians 45 – 4  Japan
(27 October 1985)
Largest defeat
France XV des Présidents 83 – 12 French Barbarians
(20 September 2003)

From the start of the 2017–18 season, the French Barbarians became the official second national team of the French Rugby Federation,[1] which had previously designated either the France U20 side or France A as that team.[2][3]

The French Barbarians play in sky, navy and royal blue hooped jerseys. As with the original Barbarians, players retain the socks from their "home" club strip.

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HistoryEdit

Jean-Claude Skrela founded the club after he had played for, and adored, the original Barbarians in the later days of his career. Through the amateur era, all players chosen for the side were either French or played for French clubs.

One of the most recent matches was against the Argentina national team (Los Pumas) in early 2007, as part of their preparation for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. For the game, held in Biarritz, the coaches were Jacques Delmas (Biarritz), Patrice Lagisquet (Biarritz) and were captained by Thomas Lièvremont. While in 2008 they beat Canada in Victoria. They played with Argentina at Vélez Sársfield in Buenos Aires on 20 June 2009 as part of the mid-year test series, and lost 32–18.

In 2016 the French Barbarians beat Australia XV by 19–11 in their first match against an Australian side for over twenty years. And in late 2017 they beat the Māori All Blacks 19–15 in the Autumn internationals, which was the first time playing that side.

Matches against international sidesEdit

Date Venue Opposing Teams For Against Result
1 May 1980 Stade Armandie, Agen   Scotland 26 22 Won
7 November 1981 Stade Jean Dauger, Bayonne   New Zealand 18 28 Lost
11 November 1982 Stade Maurice Boyau, Dax   Argentina 8 22 Lost
23 November 1983 Stade Mayol, Toulon   Australia 21 23 Lost
22 October 1985 Stade Jean-Martinaud, Cognac   Japan 45 4 Won
10 May 1986 Stade Armandie, Agen   Scotland 32 19 Won
11 November 1986 Stade Marcel-Deflandre, La Rochelle   New Zealand 12 26 Lost
22 May 1988 Stade Marcel-Deflandre, La Rochelle   Ireland 41 26 Won
22 October 1989 Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux   Fiji 16 32 Lost
27 October 1990 Stade Armandie, Agen   New Zealand 13 23 Lost
31 October 1992 Stadium Lille Métropole, Villeneuve-d'Ascq   South Africa 25 20 Won
11 November 1993 Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin, Clermont-Ferrand   Australia 26 43 Lost
1 November 1995 Stade Mayol, Toulon   New Zealand 19 34 Lost
23 November 1996 Stade Amédée-Domenech, Brive   South Africa 30 22 Won
11 November 1997 Parc des Sports Aguiléra, Biarritz   South Africa 40 22 Won
11 November 1998 Stade Pierre Rajon, Bourgoin-Jallieu   Argentina 38 30 Won
27 May 2000 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff   Wales 33 40 Lost
7 November 2000 Stade Félix-Bollaert, Lens   New Zealand 23 21 Won
18 November 2001 Stade Mayol, Toulon   Fiji 15 17 Lost
20 September 2003 Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié, Narbonne   XV des Présidents 12 83 Lost
3 March 2007 Parc des Sports Aguiléra, Biarritz   Argentina 14 28 Lost
28 June 2008 Esquimalt's Bullen Park, Victoria   Canada 17 7 Won
20 June 2009 José Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires   Argentina 18 32 Lost
26 November 2010 Stade des Alpes, Grenoble   Tonga 27 28 Lost
4 June 2011 Independiente Stadium, Avellaneda   Argentina 19 23 Lost
11 June 2011 Estadio Centenario, Resistencia   Argentina 21 18 Won
20 June 2012 Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo   Japan 40 21 Won
24 June 2012 Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo   Japan 51 18 Won
25 November 2012 Stade Océane, Le Havre   Japan 64 41 Won
16 November 2013 Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin, Clermont-Ferrand   Samoa 20 19 Won
14 November 2014 Stade Mayol, Toulon   Namibia 35 14 Won
20 June 2015 Old Resian Club, Rosario   Argentina 28 22 Won
26 June 2015 La Plata Rugby Club, La Plata   Argentina 9 21 Lost
24 November 2016 Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux   Wallaby XV 19 11 Won
10 November 2017 Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux   Māori All Blacks 19 15 Won
31 May 2018 Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi   Georgia 15 16 Lost

OverallEdit

Against Played Won Lost Drawn Win %
  Argentina 8 3 5 0 37.5%
  Australia 3 1 2 0 33.3%
  Canada 1 1 0 0 100%
  Fiji 2 0 2 0 0%
  XV des Présidents 1 0 1 0 0%
  Ireland 1 1 0 0 100%
  Japan 4 4 0 0 100%
  Namibia 1 1 0 0 100%
  New Zealand 5 1 4 0 20%
  Māori All Blacks 1 1 0 0 100%
  Samoa 1 1 0 0 100%
  Scotland 2 2 0 0 100%
  South Africa 3 3 0 0 100%
  Tonga 1 0 1 0 0%
  Wales 1 0 1 0 0%
  Georgia 1 0 1 0 0%
Total 36 19 17 0 55.88%

Current squadEdit

French Barbarians 23-man squad to face Māori All Blacks on 10 November 2017 as part of the end-of-year internationals.[4]

Note: Bold denotes players that have represented the French Barbarians in previous matches. Italics represents uncapped players. Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Club/province Union
Anthony Etrillard Hooker (1993-03-21) 21 March 1993 (age 25) Toulon   France
Adrien Pélissié Hooker (1990-08-07) 7 August 1990 (age 28) Bordeaux Bègles   France
Cedate Gomes Sa Prop (1993-08-07) 7 August 1993 (age 25) Racing 92   France
Emerick Setiano Prop (1996-07-19) 19 July 1996 (age 22) Bordeaux Bègles   France
Sébastien Taofifénua Prop (1992-03-21) 21 March 1992 (age 26) Bordeaux Bègles   France
Antoine Tichit Prop (1989-06-13) 13 June 1989 (age 29) Castres Olympique   France
Alexandre Flanquart Lock (1989-10-09) 9 October 1989 (age 29) Toulon   France
Swan Rebbadj Lock (1995-01-15) 15 January 1995 (age 23) Toulon   France
Florian Verhaeghe Lock (1997-04-27) 27 April 1997 (age 21) Toulouse   France
Mathieu Babillot Flanker (1993-09-09) 9 September 1993 (age 25) Castres Olympique   France
Baptiste Chouzenoux Flanker (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 28) Racing 92   France
Mahamadou Diaby Flanker (1990-08-15) 15 August 1990 (age 28) Bordeaux Bègles   France
Martin Devergie Number 8 (1995-06-26) 26 June 1995 (age 23) Montpellier   France
Baptiste Couilloud Scrum-half (1997-07-22) 22 July 1997 (age 21) Lyon   France
Teddy Iribaren Scrum-half (1990-09-25) 25 September 1990 (age 28) Racing 92   France
Matthieu Jalibert Fly-half (1998-09-06) 6 September 1998 (age 20) Bordeaux Bègles   France
Romain Ntamack Fly-half (1999-05-01) 1 May 1999 (age 19) Toulouse   France
Pierre Aguillon Centre (1987-03-27) 27 March 1987 (age 31) La Rochelle   France
Aurélien Rougerie (c) Centre (1980-09-26) 26 September 1980 (age 38) Clermont Auvergne   France
Jean-Baptiste Dubie Wing (1989-07-16) 16 July 1989 (age 29) Bordeaux Bègles   France
Bastien Pourailly Wing (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 (age 24) Pau   France
Louis Dupichot Fullback (1995-09-23) 23 September 1995 (age 23) Racing 92   France
Thomas Ramos Fullback (1995-07-23) 23 July 1995 (age 23) Toulouse   France

Former playersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Les Barbarians Français deviennent une équipe nationale" (in French). Fédération Française de Rugby. 23 October 2017. Archived from the original on 6 November 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Next Senior National Representative Team June 2003-2017" (PDF). World Rugby. 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Next Senior National Representative Team June 2003–2012" (PDF). World Rugby. 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  4. ^ LE XV TITULAIRE FACE AUX MAORIS !

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