New Zealand Barbarians

The New Zealand Barbarians, nicknamed the "Baa-Baas", are an invitational rugby union team which has been a major part of New Zealand rugby since the team was founded in 1937 by two ex-All Blacks, Ronald Bush, and Hubert McLean who captained their first game (against Auckland) in 1938.[1]

New Zealand Barbarians
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UnionNew Zealand Rugby Union
Nickname(s)Baa-Baas
Founded1937
Ground(s)Eden Park
Coach(es)Scott McLeod
Team kit
Official website
www.barbarianrugby.co.nz

The club is based in New Zealand, at Eden Park in Auckland. The idea came from the concept of the Barbarian F.C..

The New Zealand Barbarians were also selected for the All Blacks trial replacing the 'Possibles XV' and in 2009 a New Zealand Barbarians under 85 kg Team toured Australia winning both of their games. The team played against the Māori All Blacks in 2010 at Okara Park, losing 31 – 37 before a crowd of 9,000. A Middleweight Barbarian side was also selected in 2011 to play four games. In 2015, the New Zealand Barbarians won over the Māori All Blacks 17–34.

Playing kit and symbolEdit

The New Zealand Barbarians wear scarlet red jerseys with white shorts and socks. The symbol of the New Zealand Barbarians is a white leaping lamb covered in blood.

Current squadEdit

New Zealand Barbarians squad to play the British and Irish Lions on 3 June 2017.[2]

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
Sam Anderson-Heather Hooker (1988-02-15) 15 February 1988 (age 31)   Otago   New Zealand
Andrew Makalio Hooker (1992-01-22) 22 January 1992 (age 27)   Tasman / Crusaders   New Zealand
Tolu Fahamokioa Prop (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 28)   Wellington   Tonga
Oliver Jager Prop (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 24)   Canterbury / Crusaders   Ireland
Marcel Renata Prop (1994-01-24) 24 January 1994 (age 25)   Auckland   New Zealand
Aidan Ross Prop (1995-10-25) 25 October 1995 (age 24)   Bay of Plenty   New Zealand
Josh Goodhue Lock (1995-06-13) 13 June 1995 (age 24)   Northland / Blues   New Zealand
Keepa Mewett Lock (1987-05-10) 10 May 1987 (age 32)   Bay of Plenty   New Zealand
James Tucker Lock (1991-08-05) 5 August 1991 (age 28)   Waikato / Chiefs   New Zealand
Lachlan Boshier Flanker (1994-11-16) 16 November 1994 (age 25)   Taranaki / Chiefs   New Zealand
Mitchell Dunshea Flanker (1995-11-18) 18 November 1995 (age 24)   Canterbury / Crusaders   New Zealand
Matt Matich Flanker (1991-07-10) 10 July 1991 (age 28)   Northland   New Zealand
Peter Rowe Number 8 (1981-12-07) 7 December 1981 (age 38)   Wanganui   New Zealand
Jack Stratton Scrum-half (1994-08-21) 21 August 1994 (age 25)   Canterbury   New Zealand
Richard Judd Scrum-half (1992-05-18) 18 May 1992 (age 27)   Bay of Plenty   New Zealand
Bryn Gatland Fly-half (1995-05-10) 10 May 1995 (age 24)   North Harbour   New Zealand
Dwayne Sweeney Centre (1984-08-08) 8 August 1984 (age 35)   Waikato   New Zealand
Inga Finau Centre (1994-08-21) 21 August 1994 (age 25)   Taranaki   New Zealand
Jonah Lowe Wing (1996-05-09) 9 May 1996 (age 23)   Hawke's Bay   New Zealand
Sevu Reece Wing (1997-02-13) 13 February 1997 (age 22)   Waikato   Fiji
Sam Vaka Wing (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 27)   Counties Manakau   New Zealand
Luteru Laulala Fullback (1995-05-30) 30 May 1995 (age 24)   Counties Manukau   New Zealand
Junior Ngaluafe Fullback (1991-11-24) 24 November 1991 (age 28)   Southland   New Zealand

RepresentativesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ron Palenski; Rod Chester; Neville McMillan (2005). The Encyclopaedia of New Zealand Rugby (4th ed.). Hodder Moa, Auckland. p. 138. ISBN 1 86971 026 6.
  2. ^ Provincial Barbarians squad confirmed
  3. ^ "All Blacks website". stats.allblacks.com. All Blacks and New Zealand Rugby. 2008. Retrieved 25 June 2010.