New Zealand Barbarians

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New Zealand Barbarians
New Zealand Barbarians logo.png
Union New Zealand Rugby Union
Nickname(s) Baa-Baas
Founded 1937
Ground(s) Eden Park
Coach(es) Scott McLeod
Team kit
Official website
www.barbarianrugby.co.nz

The New Zealand Barbarians, nicknamed the "Baa-Baas", are an invitational rugby union team which has been a major part of New Zealand rugby since the team was founded in 1937 by two ex-All Blacks, Ronald Bush, and Hubert McLean who captained their first game (against Auckland) in 1938.[1]

The club is based in New Zealand, at Eden Park in Auckland. The idea came from the concept of the Barbarian F.C..

The New Zealand Barbarians were also selected for the All Blacks trial replacing the 'Possibles XV' and in 2009 a New Zealand Barbarians under 85 kg Team toured Australia winning both of their games. The team played against the Māori All Blacks in 2010 at Okara Park, losing 31 - 37 before a crowd of 9,000. A Middleweight Barbarian side was also selected in 2011 to play four games. In 2015, the New Zealand Barbarians won over the Māori All Blacks 17-34.

Playing kit and symbol[edit]

The New Zealand Barbarians wear scarlet red jerseys with white shorts and socks. The symbol of the New Zealand Barbarians is a white leaping lamb covered in blood.

Current squad[edit]

Current New Zealand Barbarians squad to play the British and Irish Lions on 3 June 2017.[2]

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

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Club/province Union
Anderson-Heather, SamSam Anderson-Heather Hooker (1988-02-15) 15 February 1988 (age 29) New Zealand Otago New Zealand New Zealand
Faiva, EpalahameEpalahame Faiva Hooker (1994-05-09) 9 May 1994 (age 22) New Zealand Waikato / Blues New Zealand New Zealand
Fahamokioa, ToluTolu Fahamokioa Prop (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 25) New Zealand Wellington Tonga Tonga
Renata, MarcelMarcel Renata Prop (1994-01-24) 24 January 1994 (age 23) New Zealand Auckland New Zealand New Zealand
Ross, AidanAidan Ross Prop (1995-10-25) 25 October 1995 (age 21) New Zealand Bay of Plenty New Zealand New Zealand
Goodhue, JoshJosh Goodhue Lock (1995-06-13) 13 June 1995 (age 21) New Zealand Northland / Blues New Zealand New Zealand
Strange, QuintenQuinten Strange Lock (1996-08-21) 21 August 1996 (age 20) New Zealand Tasman / Crusaders New Zealand New Zealand
Bedwell-Curtis, HeidenHeiden Bedwell-Curtis Flanker (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 25) New Zealand Manawatu / Crusaders New Zealand New Zealand
Brown, MitchellMitchell Brown Flanker (1993-08-15) 15 August 1993 (age 23) New Zealand Taranaki / Chiefs New Zealand New Zealand
Matich, MattMatt Matich Flanker (1991-07-10) 10 July 1991 (age 25) New Zealand Northland New Zealand New Zealand
Rowe, PeterPeter Rowe Number 8 (1981-12-07) 7 December 1981 (age 35) New Zealand Wanganui New Zealand New Zealand
Taumateine, JonathanJonathan Taumateine Scrum-half (1996-09-28) 28 September 1996 (age 20) New Zealand Counties Manukau New Zealand New Zealand
Stratton, JackJack Stratton Scrum-half (1994-08-21) 21 August 1994 (age 22) New Zealand Canterbury New Zealand New Zealand
Gatland, BrynBryn Gatland Fly-half (1995-05-10) 10 May 1995 (age 21) New Zealand North Harbour New Zealand New Zealand
Fa'auli, JohnnyJohnny Fa'auli Centre (1995-09-13) 13 September 1995 (age 21) New Zealand Taranaki / Chiefs New Zealand New Zealand
Lowe, JonahJonah Lowe Wing (1996-05-09) 9 May 1996 (age 20) New Zealand Hawke's Bay New Zealand New Zealand
Reece, SevuSevu Reece Wing (1997-02-13) 13 February 1997 (age 20) New Zealand Waikato Fiji Fiji
Laulala, LuteruLuteru Laulala Fullback (1995-05-30) 30 May 1995 (age 21) New Zealand Counties Manukau New Zealand New Zealand
Ngaluafe, JuniorJunior Ngaluafe Fullback New Zealand Southland New Zealand New Zealand

Representatives[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ron Palenski; Rod Chester; Neville McMillan (2005). The Encyclopaedia of New Zealand Rugby (4th ed.). Hodder Moa, Auckland. p. 138. ISBN 1 86971 026 6. 
  2. ^ Provincial Barbarians squad for opening match of DHL NZ Lions Series named
  3. ^ "All Blacks website". http://stats.allblacks.com. All Blacks and New Zealand Rugby. 2008. Retrieved 2010-06-25.  External link in |work= (help)