|Full name||Brussels Barbarians Rugby Football Club|
|Ground(s)||The Elephant Pitch|
|League(s)||Flander's Regional 1st Division|
The Brussels Barbarians Rugby Football Club (also known as the Babas) are a Rugby Union club in Belgium. The club consists of two men's teams and one women's team.
Brussels Barbarians are one of two expatriate rugby clubs in Belgium. The club was formed in 1968. The men play competitively in matches every Sunday afternoon between September and May in the Flander's Regional 1st Division. The ladies play every Saturday in the Belgian National Second Division. Matches are played throughout Belgium.
Teams play at their home ground, named the Elephant Pitch, in Tervuren, a suburb of Brussels. The home off the pitch is "The James Joyce", located in the Schuman area of Brussels. The Babas are a multi-national, multicultural club, with members from over 30 nationalities turning out in the last 2 seasons.
In September 1968 a group of expatriate British rugby players decided to form a club in order to continue playing the sport in the manner in which they were accustomed back home, especially the social aspects.
Over the next few years things developed rapidly. In 1970, the second XV was born, by 1972 the Belgian National side had been beaten and the Belgian Cup won.
In 1973, the third XV was launched and with a steadily improving fixture list they were playing with credit such sides as Coventry, Blackheath, Newbridge[disambiguation needed] and Public School Wanderers.
In 1974 the Barbarians won the Belgian Cup for the second time, and in May 1978 they went on a successful seven-match tour of the USA, winning all their games.
Since 1978 the club has remained one of the most active and successful expatriate clubs in Europe. During this latter period the standard of Belgian Rugby and the number of clubs has increased significantly.
In 1982 they won the Belgian Cup for the third time and finished off with a successful tour to Canada.
In 1980 the Babas entered the Belgian League division five. During the following years they worked their way through the divisions gaining promotion in successive seasons and took the championship of the Premier Division at their first attempt in 1985.
At the end of that season the club celebrated with their third major tour, this time to Colorado, USA. Whilst since then they have failed to repeat their championship win, they have had successful tours to Spain, Czechoslovakia, Boston, Estonia and Majorca.
The club has also organised international charity rugby matches in 1986,1987, 1990 and 1991. These brought to Belgium many of the most famous rugby players of the 1970s and early 1980s from the Five Nations to play against a Belgian Select side, which at the same time raised over 2.5 million Francs for various deserving charities. The last occasion in 1991 was for the support of the Belgian wife and children of Brussels British's captain Leslie Joyce following his death in a car crash a few months earlier.
Whilst the majority of players come from Great Britain and Ireland, there are nearly always members from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA plus other neighbouring European countries. At one point, all three sons of the ambassador of Western Samoa played for the club. The eldest of these, Vince Fepuleia, went on to play for Western Samoa against Wales at Cardiff Arms Park in 1988.
During the mid-1980s the Barbarians fielded a first XV with players from 11 different countries. In 2003, the Barbarians had no fewer than 22 nations represented within its ranks – a far cry from its origins as a team of British ex-patriates – including players from countries without a strong Rugby tradition. Local players are also welcome, and one former player, Freddy Thielemans, served as Mayor of Brussels in 1994.
The club President is James Parker
The club Chairman is Kenneth Knuts
The men's 1st and 2nd team always play at home on the same weekend and away on the same weekend to maximize socializing and club spirit.
The men's coach is Arnaud Coulonnier supported by forward's coach Paul Laffin, and backs' coach Giles Lancaster. The men's 1st XV and Club Captain is Nicolas Becuwe.
The current men's squad includes players from Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, Canada, Belgium, Peru, Austria, Argentina, Portugal, Holland, France, The United States, Australia, Zimbabwe,South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, Denmark and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
- Belgian League Champions: 1985
- Belgian Cup Champions: 1972,74,82, finalist in 2005
- Dutch/Belgian ING Plate, finalist in 2005
Season 2011/2012 team
|Argentina||Jorge Bulleraich||Number 8|
|England||Patrick Barth||Number 8|
|Ireland||Duncan Hardy||Number 8|
|England||Nick Geoffreys||Scrum Half|
|France||Julien Célin||Scrum Half|
|France||Bernard de la Jugannière||Centre|
|Belgium||Henry De Cooman||Wing|
|Ireland||Neil Massinon||Assistant Coach|
|Belgium||Peter Van Der Zouwe||Assistant Coach|
|England||Andrew Thompson||Assistant Coach|
The Lady Barbarians had a successful 2005–2006 season winning the Belgian Championship.
For the first time in the history of the club, the ladies team went home with the Belgian championship after a victory against Dendermonde. After playing 20 extra minutes of regulation time, the game was decided by penalty kicks, with the barbarians coming out on top. In addition to the championship win, the ladies also walked away with the Belgian cup and the Flemish cup, a triple crown. In addition to these successes seven of the ladies were selected to play for the Belgian national squad.
The club's mascot is the Mannekin Pis, a famous Brussels landmark.
|Turks and Caicos Islands||Sean O'Neill||Prop|
|United States||Dave Becnel||Prop|
|Hong Kong||Ed Cutting||Prop|
|New Zealand||Matt Diedrich||Hooker|
|New Zealand||Stu Horne||Lock|
|United States||Steve Meier||Lock|
|Peru||Guillermo de las Casas||Lock|
|South Africa||John MacLachlan||Lock|
|South Africa||Jaco MacLachlan||Flanker|
|United States||Scott Mitchell||Flanker|
|Scotland||Malcolm MacDowell||Number 8|
|New Zealand||Mat Hocken||Number 8|
|England||James Atkins||Scrum Half|
|New Zealand||Nick Beeby||Scrum Half|
|Morocco||Johnathan LaFontaine||Scrum Half|
|Argentina||Carlos Mandelosi||Scrum Half|
|South Africa||Dewald Du Plooy||Outhalf|
|South Africa||Alister Smuts||Fullback|
|England||Anthony Gates||Assistant Manager|
|17 Sep 2006||BBRFC||Soignes||12–12||L|
|1 Oct 2006||Coq Musan||BBRFC||19–22||W|
|8 Oct 2006||BBRFC||Vise||32–20||W|
|15 Oct 2006||ROC||BBRFC||21–12||L|
|29 Oct 2006||Dendermonde||BBRFC||Postponed|
|26 Nov 2006||BBRFC||ASUB||20–27||L|
|3 Dec 2006||Boitsfort||BBRFC||37–6||L|
|17 Dec 2006||Soignes||BBRFC||11–25||W|
|7 Jan 2006||Dendermonde||BBRFC||40–5||L|
|28 Jan 2006||BBRFC||Coq Musan||0–9||L|
|11 Feb 2006||Vise||BBRFC||35–11||L|
|18 Feb 2006||BBRFC||ROC||27–25||W|
|4 Mar 2006||BBRFC||Dendermonde||32–20||L|
|11 Mar 2006||ASUB||BBRFC||40–17||L|
|29 Apr 2006||BBRFC||Boitsfort||5–0||L|