Barbarian Rugby Club
|Coach(es)|| Laurent Labit
|French Barbarians 26 – 22 Scotland
(2 May 1980)
|French Barbarians 45 – 4 Japan
(27 October 1985)
| France 83 – 12 French Barbarians
(20 September 2003)
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
In the run up to the match, several withdrew themselves from the team. Scott Spedding and Virgile Bruni were called up the French national team, with Alexis Palisson and Karim Ghezal replacing them respectively. Gerhard Vosloo, Heini Adams, Rene Ranger and James O'Connor also withdrew themselves from the team, with no official reasoning given. Alexandre Bias, Jérôme Fillol, Felix Le Bourhis and Josua Tuisova were called up as their replacements. In addition to those players, Henry Chavancy was also added to the squad captain the side.
An injury to Karim Ghezal, saw Camille Gérondeau added to the squad on match day.
- Bernard Laporte (Toulon Head Coach)
Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.
Note: Bold denotes players that have represented the French Barbarians in previous matches.