Ar­dron cap­tains the Bar­bar­ians for game

Team Canada cap­tain from Lake­field joins pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional all-star squad

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS -

Tyler Ar­dron, who grew up in Lake­field, cap­tained the famed Bar­bar­ians against Brazil in a rugby ex­hi­bi­tion in Sao Paulo on Wed­nes­day night.

Ar­dron sported the socks of his home club, the Peter­bor­ough Pa­gans, in the match.

Ar­dron was named to the Bar­bar­ians ear­lier this month.

The Bar­bar­ians, an in­vi­ta­tional all-star side known for its free-flow­ing style of rugby, date back to 1890.

For­mer Ir­ish skip­per Rory Best cap­tained the Bar­bar­ians in Satur­day’s 3331 loss to Fiji at Twick­en­ham. Ar­dron started at lock in a Bar­bar­ians squad that also in­cluded play­ers from Ar­gentina, Aus­tralia, Fiji, France, New Zealand, Scot­land and South Africa.

Ar­dron, a 28-year-old who is cap­tain of Canada’s men’s 15’s team, plays his club rugby in New Zealand for the Gal­lagher Chiefs.

Other Cana­di­ans to have played for the Bar­bar­ians in­clude World Rugby Hall of

Famers Al Char­ron and Gareth Rees as well as Mark Wy­att, David Lougheed, Glen En­nis, Rod Snow, James Pritchard, Ja­son Mar­shall, Sean Duke and Kevin Tkachuk.

Once in­vited, a player be­comes a life mem­ber of the fa­mous club.

In the early 1960s, the Bar­bar­ians asked B.C.’s Dou­glas (Buzz) Moore to play against Canada while on tour in Bri­tain. He de­clined, lead­ing the Cana­di­ans to a 3-3 tie against the all-stars. The Bar­bar­ians made him an “hon­orary Bar­bar­ian.”

For­mer Canada women’s cap­tain Kelly Russell took part in the in­au­gu­ral match for the women’s Bar­bar­ians in Novem­ber 2017.

John Mitchell, an England as­sis­tant coach and for­mer All Blacks head coach, will run the Bar­bar­ians in Brazil. The Bar­bar­ians men’s and women’s teams will both be in ac­tion Nov. 30 against Wales in Cardiff.

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Canada’s Tyler Ar­dron runs at South Africa’s El­ton Jan­tjies, left, dur­ing the Rugby World Cup Pool B game at Kobe Misaki Sta­dium be­tween South Africa and Canada in Kobe, Ja­pan, on Oct. 8. Ar­dron, from Lake­field, joined the famed Bar­bar­ians side Satur­day against Fiji at Twick­en­ham. The Bar­bar­ians, an in­vi­ta­tional all-star side known for its free-flow­ing style of rugby, date back to 1890.

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