upcoming fixtures
Video Showreel
  • Barbarians
    vs Argentina
    Twickenham Stadium
    Buy Tickets

England v Barbarians highlights from 2017

Play Showreel


The Barbarians are a rugby club which brings together players from different clubs to play a few matches each year to enjoy the camaraderie of the game and play attacking, adventurous rugby without the pressure of having to win.

Competitions: general terms and conditions

General competition terms and conditions:

Only one entry will be accepted per person

Entrants must be over 16 years except where specified

The deadline for receiving entries will be noted on the individual competition

No purchase necessary

The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The winner/s will be contacted personally

Prizes must be taken as stated. There will be no alternative, cash or otherwise

The Editor does not accept any responsibility for late entries

Entrants must supply full details as required by the competition and abide by all rules to be eligible for prizes. No responsibility is accepted for ineligible entries or entries made fraudulently

Competitions are not open to employees or contractors of Barbarian FC, any person directly or indirectly involved in the running of the competition or their immediate families

We reserve the right to cancel the competition at any stage if circumstances arise beyond our direct control

Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to have agreed to be bound by them when entering the competition

This agreement is bound by the laws of England and Wales and promoted by Barbarian FC

We will not publish or provide your email address to third parties. This competition requires you to supply your contact details. We may use this information to contact you at a later date.

Wembley ticket terms and conditions

Wembley ticket terms and conditions for Barbarians v South Africa on November 5, 2016 are as follows:

Incorporation: These Terms and Conditions incorporate and should be read in accordance with the Venue and/or Promoter terms, conditions and regulations, copies of which are available upon request from the Venue, Promoter or www.concertpromotersassociation.co.uk. In the event of any inconsistency between the terms in relation to Venue or Event requirements, those of the Promoter shall prevail. These Terms and Conditions are an extension of Concert Promoter’s Association (CPA) Code of Practice which is available from


Tickets: All Tickets are sold subject to these Terms and Conditions which should be read carefully prior to purchase and any queries should be raised with us prior to purchase as purchase of Tickets constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. We will not be responsible for any Ticket that is lost, stolen or destroyed. It is not always possible to issue duplicate tickets; we reserve the right to provide alternative seats at an Event to those specified on the Ticket, provided they are of no less value to that stated on the Ticket.

Price and payment: The price of the Ticket shall be the price set at the time we accept your order. All prices set are inclusive of any applicable taxes but exclusive of any booking fee and collection or delivery fee. No order will be accepted until we have received full payment.

Changes to Event: Where reasonably necessary, the organiser of the Event and/or the Venue reserves the right to make alterations to the published Event programme.

Refunds/exchanges: Except where we offer an applicable Ticket exchange or resale facility, Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase unless the performance is cancelled or rescheduled or where there is a material change to the programme of Event. Where an Event is cancelled or rescheduled, or where there is a material change to the programme of the Event, You will be entitled to claim a refund from us in accordance with this clause. Where an outdoor Event is cancelled or curtailed because of adverse weather, we shall not be liable to make any refund or pay any compensation beyond the refunds that may be payable under the Venue’s or Promoter’s rules. Where such a refund is sought you must bring this to our attention as soon as possible upon becoming aware of such change and, where the Event has been rescheduled, prior to the rescheduled Event. The refund for Tickets equals the face value of the Tickets purchased plus the relevant per Ticket booking fee. In order to claim your refund, please apply in writing to your point of purchase, enclosing your complete unused Tickets promptly (e.g. within 3 months from the date of the Event). Refunds shall only be made to the person who purchased the Tickets and, when possible, be made using the same method as was used to purchase the Tickets.  These Terms and Conditions do not and shall not affect your statutory rights as a consumer.  (http://www.consumerdirect.gov.uk/) 

Liability: Personal arrangements including travel, accommodation or hospitality relating to the Event which have been arranged by you are at your own risk. Neither we nor the Venue nor the Promoter will be responsible for any loss, theft or damage of your personal belongings, other than caused as a result of our negligence.

Resale/use of Tickets and property: You may not re-sell or transfer a Ticket if you are selling or transferring the Ticket in the course of business.  You are deemed to be selling or transferring in the course of business where we reasonably believe you to be doing so.

Conditions of Admission: The management of the Venue reserves the right to refuse Ticket holder’s admission to the Venue in reasonable circumstances including for health and safety, licensing reasons or where a Ticket is void. The management of the Venue also reserves the right to request that Ticket holders leave the Venue at any point on reasonable grounds and may take any appropriate action to enforce this right. By way of example, the Venue may remove a Ticket holder who: has behaved in the Venue in a manner which is likely to affect the enjoyment of other visitors; or uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or in any way provokes or behaves in a manner which may provoke a breach of the peace; or in the reasonable opinion of the Venue is acting under the influence of alcohol or drugs; or fails, when required, to produce proof of identity or age. You must comply with instructions and directions given by Venue staff and stewards. No refunds will be given to Ticket holders who are refused entry or ejected due to their own behaviour.

Who runs the club?

The club has a committee of 10, five of whom comprise the management board: Gordon H Brown (Secretary),  Chris Maidment (Treasurer), Mike Burton, David Barnes and Rory Lawson; plus Micky Steele-Bodger (President), John Spencer (Chairman), Shane Jennings, Philip Orr and Derek Quinnell.

Who pays The Barbarians to play?

The costs incurred by the Barbarians in assembling a squad for each game or tour are paid out of the gate receipts from the match, or matches, played.

Who is the most famous Barbarian?

Many of the best rugby players in the world have represented the Barbarians at one time and selecting the most famous would be a matter of opinion. In terms of appearances Tony O'Reilly of Old Belvedere & Ireland made 30 appearances for the club 1955-62 and scored 38 tries, the most by any Barbarian. Other notable players who have played more than 20 matches include Budge Rogers, Ron Jacobs, John Spencer and Phil Bennett

Is there a match for which The Baa-Baas are most famous?

Many would claim that the 1973 match when the Barbarians beat the All Blacks at Cardiff Arms Park is the best display of rugby ever seen. The match included the try by Gareth Edwards which took play from inside the Barbarians 25 through 7 pairs of hands to score by the comer post. John Bevan, Fergus Slattery and JPR Williams scored the other Barbarian tries in a 23 - 11 victory. An equally acclaimed victory at the time was achieved in 1961 when the Barbarians played the South African Springboks captained by Avril Malan. The Springboks were unbeaten on their tour of Great Britain and Ireland. In their last match of the tour the Barbarians held on to a 6 - 0 lead thanks to some fierce tackling and carried off the Springbok head - a trophy traditionally presented by the South African tourists to the first side to beat them when on tour.

When did the club first play an overseas team?

The date most people will recall is 1948 when the club first played an International touring side. The Home Unions Tours Committee invited the Barbarians to play a match to raise funds for the tourist's journey home via Canada. The 45,000 crowd at Cardiff Arms Park saw the Barbarians win by 9 - 6 and the Home Unions Tours Committee has since then included such a match whenever possible in the itinerary of touring teams.

Do the Barbarians play sevens rugby?

Only limited invitations are accepted but the club are the only European team to win the Hong Kong Sevens and on the three occasions an invitation to the Middlesex Sevens has been accepted the club remain unbeaten, winning the tournament in 1934, 1997 and 1998.

Who are The Barbarians?

The Barbarians are a rugby club which brings together players from different clubs to play a few matches each year to enjoy the camaraderie of the game and play attacking, adventurous rugby without the pressure of having to win.

Where is their home?

The Barbarians have no home ground or clubhouse. They are a touring club that plays at the invitation of clubs or unions and have visited all parts of the home unions. Overseas the club has played in 25 countries, most recently Tunisia, Spain, Georgia and Portugal, thus spreading the Barbarian tradition.

Who can play for The Barbarians?

The only criteria a player must fulfil to recieve an invitation from The Barbarians are: that the player's rugby is of a good standard and that they behave themselves on and off the field. There is no discrimination on the basis of a player's race, colour or creed and since 1890, players from over 25 different countries have worn the famous black and white hoop jersey. Once invited a player becomes a life member of the club.

Why was the club formed?

The club was formed in 1890 by a player from Blackheath, London, W P Carpmael. At that time the rugby season finished in March so he decided to invite a group of players to join him on an end-of-season tour to the North of England. This he saw as an opportunity to play with friends from various clubs who were normally opponents. It was such a success that he formed the Barbarian Football Club to continue touring on an informal basis and the first tour took place in December of that year playing Huddersfield and Bradford.