Barbarian Rugby Club
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 26 – 22 Scotland|
(2 May 1980)
French Barbarians 45 – 4 Japan|
(27 October 1985)
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, which had previously designated either the France U20 side or France A as that team.
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.
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
|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|
|XV des Présidents||1||0||1||0||0%|
|Māori All Blacks||1||1||0||0||100%|
- Coaches : Frank Azema
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.
- "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.
- "Next Senior National Representative Team June 2003-2017" (PDF). World Rugby. 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
- "Next Senior National Representative Team June 2003–2012" (PDF). World Rugby. 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
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