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UPCOMING EVENTS
 

Saturday August 18
Auckland v Counties Manukau, 5.05pm
Auckland 1A First XV final: King's v St Peter's, 3pm

Friday August 24
NZ Rugby Foundation annual luncheon, 12pm

Saturday August 25
All Blacks v Australia, 7.35pm

Thursday August 30
Auckland v Waikato, 7.35pm

Friday September 7
Auckland v Tasman, 7.45pm

Saturday September 22
Jonesy's Youth Foundation gala dinner, 7.30pm

Friday September 28
Auckland v Otago, 7.35pm

Sunday October 14
Auckland v North Harbour, 2.05pm

“Rugby is a game for gentlemen in all classes but for no bad sportsman in any class.”
Rt Reverend W J Casey, 1894

Following the 1935 All Blacks tour of Great Britain, Hugh McLean and Ron Bush became interested in forming a New Zealand Barbarian Rugby Club that adopted the philosophies of the foundation Barbarians club in England.

In the early years the club was primarily involved in organising teams of selected players to take part in benefit matches and exhibitions which spread the gospel of adventurous rugby in Auckland and in many parts of the North Island. The club fielded its first team in1937 in a benefit match for the Thames Valley sub-unions, who were suffering financially.

As a non-profit organization, the club aims to use any money gained to nurture or improve the game and in recent years has become a major sponsor of primary school, secondary school and middleweight (i.e. weight restricted) rugby at both the Auckland and national level.

In the early 1970s the club purchased a property at 17 Cricket Ave which served the Barbarians well for 40 years.

The property at 17 Cricket Ave was required for the redevelopment of Eden Park for the Rugby World Cup in 2011 and patron Bob Sorenson opened the magnificent new facility on level 6 of the ASB Stand at Eden Park on June 24, 2010. The images below will introduce you to this facility.

The NZ Barbarians have played against the Maori All Blacks in 2010 and 2015 and faced the British & Irish Lions in the opening game of their tour in Whangarei on June 3, 2017.

The Barbarian 'brand' is globally respected and highly recognisable in the rugby-playing world.

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