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,
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.