Here come the girls

This Novem­ber, for this first time in the his­tory of the Bar­bar­ians, an in­vi­ta­tional women’s side will put on the fa­mous black and white jer­sey. Play­ing against Mun­ster at Thomond Park in Ire­land, women from New Zealand, Canada, Scot­land, Eng­land, France,

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Some of the play­ers al­ready con­firmed to ap­pear in the match are Susie Brown (Scot­land, pic­tured), Fiona Cogh­lan (Ire­land), Claire Cripps (Eng­land, pic­tured), Me­gan God­dard (Eng­land, pic­tured), Elen Evans (Wales), Emma Jen­son (New Zealand), Chris­telle Le Duff (France) and Kelly Rus­sell (Canada). The side fea­tures a num­ber of Women’s Rugby World Cup win­ners and will be coached by Giselle Mather, an­other World Cup win­ner!

The Bar­bar­ians are one of the most iconic names in rugby. They are an in­vi­ta­tional team for the world’s bright­est stars, with the pur­pose of play­ing en­ter­tain­ing rugby for fans from across the world - and they do so with­out the pres­sure of win­ning! Some of the world’s most fa­mous play­ers have rep­re­sented the Bar­bar­ians, tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to play fun, open rugby and to cre­ate some of rugby’s most mem­o­rable mo­ments.

One of the those mo­ments was “the great­est try ever scored” - a length of the field ef­fort against the All Blacks in Jan­uary 1973 that was fin­ished by Gareth Ed­wards of Wales. The Bar­bar­ians fielded a side full of Bri­tish & Ir­ish Lions and handed the All Blacks their fourth de­feat of a dif­fi­cult tour.

House­hold names from the pro­fes­sional era like Jonah Lomu, Bryan Ha­bana, Jamie Roberts, Matt Giteau, Vic­tor Mat­field, George Gre­gan and Richie McCaw have all worn the jer­sey, join­ing a long list of rugby’s great­est play­ers like JPR Wil­liams, Phil Ben­nett, Tony O’Reilly, Bill Beau­mont and Fergus Slat­tery to don black and white... a list that will now fea­ture the greats of the women’s game.

Images: Bar­bar­ians RFC

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