Barbarian Rugby Club

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French Barbarians
French Barbarians Crest.svg
Nickname(s) Les Babas
Coach(es) France Laurent Labit
France Laurent Travers
Captain(s) France William Servat
Team kit
First match
French Barbarians 26 – 22  Scotland
(2 May 1980)
Largest win
French Barbarians 45 – 4  Japan
(27 October 1985)
Largest defeat
 France 83 – 12 French Barbarians
(20 September 2003)
Not to be confused with the Barbarian Football Club, a rugby union team based in Britain and usually referred to as the Barbarians.

The Barbarian Rugby Club, more commonly known as the French Barbarians (French: Barbarians français), are an invitational rugby union team founded in 1979 and based in France. The team is based on the Barbarians and was founded by Jean-Claude Skrela after he played for and adored the Barbarians in the later days of his career. The French Barbarians play in Sky, Navy and Royal hooped jerseys, and as with the original Barbarians, players retain the socks from their "home" club strip. All of the players chosen for the side are either French or play 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

Matches against international sides[edit]

Date Venue Opposing Teams For Against Result
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
3 March 2007 Parc des Sports Aguiléra, Biarritz  Argentina 14 28 Lost
28 Juen 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 2013 Stade Mayol, Toulon  Namibia

Overall[edit]

Against Played Won Lost Drawn Win %
 Argentina 6 2 4 0 33.33%
 Australia 2 0 2 0 0%
 Canada 1 1 0 0 100%
 Fiji 2 0 2 0 0%
 Ireland 1 1 0 0 100%
 Japan 4 4 0 0 100%
 New Zealand 5 1 4 0 20%
 Scotland 2 2 0 0 100%
 South Africa 3 3 0 0 100%
 Tonga 1 0 1 0 0%
 Wales 1 0 1 0 0%
Total 29 15 14 0 51.72%

Current squad[edit]

Squad to face Namibia in November 2014.[1]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-IRB nationality.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Club/province Union
Jody Jenneker Hooker (1984-04-10) 10 April 1984 (age 30) France Oyonnax South Africa South Africa
Jean-Charles Orioli Hooker (1989-08-09) 9 August 1989 (age 25) France Toulon France France
Vincent Debaty Prop (1981-10-02) 2 October 1981 (age 33) France Clermont France France
Luc Ducalcon Prop (1984-01-02) 2 January 1984 (age 30) France Racing Métro France France
Florian Fresia Prop (1992-01-17) 17 January 1992 (age 22) France Toulon France France
Yohan Montès Prop (1985-02-07) 7 February 1985 (age 29) France Castres France France
Julien Le Devedec Lock (1986-06-04) 4 June 1986 (age 28) France Bordeaux Bègles France France
Rodrigo Capó Ortega Lock (1980-12-08) 8 December 1980 (age 33) France Castres Uruguay Uruguay
Robins Tchale-Watchou Lock (1983-05-10) 10 May 1983 (age 31) France Montpellier Cameroon Cameroon
Virgile Bruni Flanker (1989-02-06) 6 February 1989 (age 25) France Toulon France France
Julien Capdeillayre Flanker (1981-10-16) 16 October 1981 (age 33) France La Seyne France France
Gerhard Vosloo Flanker (1979-05-10) 10 May 1979 (age 35) France Toulon South Africa South Africa
Matthew Clarkin Number 8 (1981-07-04) 4 July 1981 (age 33) France Bordeaux Bègles England England
Heini Adams Scrum-half (1980-05-29) 29 May 1980 (age 34) France Bordeaux Bègles South Africa South Africa
Benoît Paillaugue Scrum-half (1987-11-17) 17 November 1987 (age 26) France Montpellier France France
Jules Plisson Fly-half (1991-08-20) 20 August 1991 (age 23) France Stade Français France France
Jonathan Wisniewski Fly-half (1985-07-16) 16 July 1985 (age 29) France Grenoble France France
Fabrice Estebanez Centre (1981-12-26) 26 December 1981 (age 32) France Lyon France France
Rene Ranger Centre (1986-09-30) 30 September 1986 (age 28) France Montpellier New Zealand New Zealand
James O'Connor Wing (1990-07-05) 5 July 1990 (age 24) France Toulon Australia Australia
David Smith Wing (1985-10-12) 12 October 1985 (age 29) France Toulon New Zealand New Zealand
Scott Spedding Fullback (1986-05-04) 4 May 1986 (age 28) France Bayonne South Africa South Africa

Note: Bold denotes players that have represented the French Barbarians in previous matches.

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