Emile de Lissa was the second President of the Barbarian Football Club from 1936 and 1955. He had been on the Committee from 1905 serving as honorary secretary (1905 to 1913 and 1924 to 1925) and honorary treasurer (1914 to 1924 and 1925 to 1928) and was vice-president from 1928 to 1926.
Emile Ernest Vere de Lissa was born in Sydney on 30 January 1871 and educated at Sydney Grammar School before emigrating to England where he continued his studies at University College School in London. He became a member of Blackheath FC where his administrative skills were put to good use. He was also secretary of United Hospitals and from 1932 to 1948 fulfilled a similar role at Richmond Athletic Ground. In 1933 he compiled and edited the first statistical history of the Barbarians in book form, 'Barbarian Records, 1890-1933'. He was overseeing the up-dated version when he died on 16 August 1955, aged 84.
Rhys Haydn Williams, known throughout the rugby world as 'RH', holds the record of most appearances by a Welshman (22) for the Barbarians. He was also a member of the two pioneering tours to Canada in 1957 and South Africa a year later. He served on the Barbarians committee for nine years from 1975. A world-class lock forward, he gained 23 caps for Wales between 1954 and 1960 and twice toured with the British Isles, playing in all ten tests in South Africa (1955) and Australia and New Zealand (1959).
For a full biographical summary, see Archive/Players.
Anthony Joseph Francis O'Reilly has played more games and scored more tries for the Barbarians than anyone else in the Club's history. His 38 tries puts him 11 ahead of the second highest try scorer (Rosslyn Park's uncapped Englishman, Dave McKay) and with 30 games in his career the 'nearest challengers' as it were are on 25.
Tony O'Reilly was, by any standard, the ultimate tourist with the Club: five Easter tours of South Wales and the groundbreaking double of Canada in 1957 and South Africa in the following year. On the overseas trips he was deadly with seven tries against East Africa and five against Ontario. He also scored tries in 18 of his games for the Club. He was also a member of the Barbarians' teams that triumphed over Australia in 1958 and South Africa in 1961.
He had shot to fame in 1955, winning the first of his 29 Ireland caps at the age of 18 and later that year touring South Africa with the Lions where he was idolised. In 1959, still only 23, he took New Zealand and Australia by storm with new try-scoring feats for the Lions. Over the course of the two Lions' tours he had amassed 38 tries in 38 games and played in all ten tests.
A global star in his own right after his exploits in Rugby World Cup 1995, Jonah Lomu accepted invitations to play for the Barbarians on the three summer tours between 2000 and 2002. His five tries in four appearances included four in one match against Scotland at Murrayfield in 2001 when he was in particularly devastating form.
One of the most charismatic players of his generation, Andy Ripley was a dashing number 8 who played 24 times for the Club between 1972 and 1981. He twice led the side on Easter tours in south Wales and was also an obvious choice for the Club in seven-a-side tournaments including the Cardiff Centenary in 1976 and most notably as captain in Hong Kong in 1981 when the Barbarians were champions of the famous international competition at the first attempt. A British Lion on their triumphant tour of South Africa in 1974 he later achieved fame as an all-round sportsman, winning the BBC's Superstars competition, reaching the semi-finals of the AAA's 400 metres, a qualified canoe instructor and equally skilled at basketball, tennis, water-skiing and rowing. He died on 17 June 2010 at the age of 62.
Along with fellow Englishman Ron Jacobs, Budge Rogers lies second in the all-time lists of appearances with 25 between 1961 and 1971 for the Club. At one time during his playing days he also held the record for most international caps for England. A great servant of the Bedford club, he captained the Barbarians on six occasions, played against the All Blacks at Cardiff Arms Park in 1964, and toured with the Baa-Baas to South Africa in 1969. He was also a British & Irish Lion in 1962 and in later years became president of the Rugby Football Union.
In a long Barbarians' career England and Lions' wing John Spencer played 23 games, captained the side on 10 occasions and went on seven consecutive Easter tours to Wales. His 11 tries for the Club include a hat-trick against Newport in 1973. He also played against South Africa, Scotland and Fiji in 1970 and is now chairman of the Barbarian Football Club.
For further details see Players' Archive.
Ireland's outstanding flanker Fergus Slattery captained the Club four times in his 18 games for the Barbarians, including the match against Scotland at Murayfield in 1983. One of his five tries was in the 23-11 win over the All Blacks in 1973 and he also played against Fiji and Scotland in 1970, New Zealand again in 1974 and Australia in 1976.
Prop forward Mike Burton first played for the Barbarians on the 1972 Easter tour of south Wales. Later that year he returned to play against Llanelli in that club's centenary season.
In 2005 he joined the Club committee and is now in charge of its commercial contracts and selection procedures.
Further details of his playing career can be found in the Players' Archive.
Derek Quinnell was still uncapped when he made his Barbarians' debut against Fiji in 1970 but he went on to be a triple Lion and play 23 times for Wales in the second and back rows. As a Barbarian he is remembered for his role in the build-up to Gareth Edwards' famous try against New Zealand in 1973; five years later he captained the Club against another All Blacks' touring side, again in Cardiff. In all he played 10 times for the Club. In recent years all three of his sons - Scott, Craig and Gavin - have followed in his footsteps and become Barbarians. Derek joined the committee in 2003.
See also Players' Archive
Prop forward Philip Orr played 58 times for Ireland and was a double British & Irish Lion in 1977 and 1980. His six games for the Barbarians included the matches against New Zealand in 1978 and Australia in 1984. He was also selected for the snowed-off match against the Wallabies in Cardiff in 1982.
He joined the Club committee in 2008.
See also Players' Archive
As a player and administrator Micky Steele-Bodger has an unparalleled record of service to the Barbarian Football Club. He played the first of his 13 games as an uncapped 20-year-old wing forward in February 1946. A year later he played in England's first official post-war international and stayed in the side for two complete seasons and nine caps before a serious knee injury finished his playing career. Meanwhile he had captained the Club twice and scored the first try in the Barbarians' historic and inaugural match against Australia at Cardiff Arms Park on 31 January 1948. He had also joined the committee in 1946 and went on to become honorary secretary before succeeding Herbert Waddell as Club president in 1988. He has also been an England selector (1953-68), tour manager, RFU president (1973-74) and chairman of the International Rugby Board.
See also Players' Archive
Percy Carpmael was a founding member of the Barbarian Football Club in 1890 and over the course of the next decade captained the Club in 18 of his 20 matches. He served as secretary and treasurer until 1913 when he became the first Barbarian president, a position he was to hold for another 23 years. A Cambridge Blue in the 1885 Varsity Match, Carpmael was also a member of the Blackheath club.
With 565 points in 72 tests for Ireland David Humphreys was one of the most influential fly-halves of his generation. As a Barbarian he went on three summer tours between 2003 and 2005, his 33 points in six matches including 14 in the 49-36 victory over England in 2003. Two years later he captained the Club against Scotland at Aberdeen.
His brother Ian also played twice at fly-half for the Barbarians in 2004 and 2006.
David joined the Club committee in 2009.
See also Players' Archive
Flank forward John Jeffrey played 40 tests for Scotland and toured Australia with the Lions in 1989. As befits a Borders' rugby man he was also a sevens' specialist and represented the Barbarians in the 1989 Hong Kong tournament when the Club reached the semi-finals. He played eight times for the Club between 1983 and 1991 and coached the team for the prestigious 150th Anniversary match against Edinburgh Academicals in 2008.
He is now a member of the Club committee.
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Geoffrey Windsor-Lewis was honorary secretary of the Barbarians from 1965-66 until December 2010. In recognition of his long service to the Club he was appointed as a vice-president in September 2010. His father Windsor H Lewis played five times for the Barbarians between 1927-1930. Geoff emulated him by winning Blues at Cambridge and two caps at centre for Wales in 1960. His four appearances for the Barbarians included the Easter tours of 1959 and 1960. Further afield, he accompanied the Barbarians as assistant team manager on the major overseas tours to South Africa in 1969 and North America in 1976.
See also Players' Archive
Herbert Waddell was president of the Barbarian Football Club from 1973-1988, the culmination of over six decades of service as player and administrator.
In his playing days he was a fly-half for Scotland and the British Isles, most notably in 1925 as a key member of the triumphant Calcutta Cup, Triple Crown and Grand Slam campaign. He had already toured South Africa with the 1924 Lions and played in 15 matches, including three tests. He played nine times for the Barbarians between 1924-29.
There followed an equally distinguished administrative career in the game, a committeman, selector and president of the Scottish Rugby Union, delegate to the International Rugby Board, president of Glasgow Academicals and honorary vice-president of the South African Rugby Board. He was also on the committee of the Barbarians from 1926 and succeeded H L Glyn Hughes as president in 1973.
Following his death in 1988 the Club played a Memorial Match against Glasgow Academicals.
His son Gordon also played at fly-half for the Barbarians, Scotland and the British Isles.
Brigadier Hugh Llewellyn Glyn Hughes, president of the Barbarian Football Club 1955-73, was a man of many parts. Born in South Africa, raised in Swansea, he became a distinguished soldier and physician - and synonymous with the Barbarians from his playing debut in 1913 until his death in 1973.
He played 20 games for the Club, all remarkably on Easter tours of south Wales between 1913 and 1926, captaining the side on four occasions. He was a hooker, most notably for his local club at Blackheath. He was also a first-class referee and went as assistant manager of the 1936 British tour to Argentina. He joined the Barbarian committee as honorary treasurer in 1928 and the culmination of his work was as president when he succeeded Jack Haigh Smith in 1973. He led the Barbarians on their first overseas tours to Canada in 1957 and South Africa in 1958 and 1969.
Jack Kyle is one of the all-time greats of Irish and British rugby. A member of Ireland's Grand Slam team at the age of 22 in 1948, he played six tests for the Lions against Australia and New Zealand in 1950 and set a new Ireland caps' record of 46 before he retired in 1958. At his peak he was widely regarded as the best fly-half in the world.
For the Barbarians he went on three Easter tours and played eight times in all and led the side against Swansea in 1949 and East Midlands in 1953.
Gareth Edwards will always be linked with his breathtaking opening try for the Barbarians against New Zealand in 1973. A three-time British Lion, he was an almost automatic choice for the Club in a series of high-profile matches throughout the 1970s. His eleven appearances included three games against New Zealand plus matches against Fiji, the British Isles, Scotland, Australia and in 1970 as captain against South Africa at Twickenham. he was also a redoubtable opponent against the Clubs, not least on Easter Saturday 1976 when he inspired Cardiff and scored a try and dropped a goal as the Blue and Blacks came back from a 0-28 deficit to win a thrilling encounter by a point.
Clifford Isaac Morgan was one of the most iconic figures of his or any other generation. He played the first of his 17 games for the Barbarians in the Mobbs Memorial Match of 1951, nine days before his international debut for Wales.
A great favourite with the Club he went on to complete a unique treble as fly-half against South Africa (1952), New Zealand (1954) and as a victorious captain against Australia in 1958.In all, he captained the Club on six occasions.
Along with his great friend Tony O'Reilly, Morgan blazed a trail across South Africa with the 1955 Lions, scoring a legendary try in the first test and leading the British Isles to victory in the third test. They also toured together as Barbarians to Canada in 1957 and South Africa again in 1958. On the latter trip he played his last ever game of first-class rugby for the Barbarians against East Africa in Nairobi.
He then hung up his boots at the age of 28 to develop an equally successful career as a broadcaster, still memorable for his commentary of the the Baa-Baas' epic win over the All Blacks in 1973.
Cliff Morgan died on 28 August 2013, aged 83.
Phil Bennett's Barbarians' career will forever be associated with his 'rabbit in a headlight' twinkle-toed break from the shadow of his own posts that eventually led to Gareth Edwards' famous try against the All Blacks in 1973. But there was much more to the mercurial fly-half's role within the Club career than that. His 20 appearances places him as the second highest 'Welsh Barbarian' - only fellow Llanelli legend R H Williams, with 22, played more times for the Club. He also scored 181 points in the black-and-white shirt, toured Canada in 1976, played against Scotland, Fiji, Canada and Australia as well as the All Blacks twice, and, for good measure, captained the Club on 10 occasions.
Philippe Sella scored 45 tries in 111 internationals for France. He made his debut for the Club against Leicester in December 1991 and accepted his second invitation to play in the Peace International against Ireland at Lansdowne Road in 1996 when he scored a try in the Barbarians' 70-38 victory.
David Campese contributed headline performances both for and against the Barbarians in a glittering career which included 64 tries in 101 tests for Australia. He first came into contact with the Barbarians as an opponent, scoring two tries, one a superlative individual effort, in the end of tour match at Cardiff in 1988. Later that year he made his Club debut in the match against Leicester and returned there for a second appearance in 1989. In the Club's Centenary season in 1990 he wore the black-and-white shirt again against both England and Wales.
Jeremy Guscott's nine appearances for the Club included two trips to the Hong Kong Sevens in 1990 and 1991 when the Barbarians reached the semi-finals on both occasions. He scored four tries in his seven full matches for the Barbarians including touchdowns against Wales on the Centenary tour in 1990 and England in his final appearance at Twickenham in 2001.
Mike Gibson made his debut for the Club in 1963 before he played the first of his 69 tests for Ireland and 12 for the British Isles. He went on to complete a notable hat-trick of Barbarians' appearances against South Africa (1970), New Zealand (1973) and Australia (1976). In addition he was invited to play against the All Blacks at Cardiff in 1964 but was withdrawn after his coruscating international debut the week earlier as Ireland won at Twickenham for the first time in 16 years. In all he played nine times for the Club and captained the side against Leicester in 1975.
Legendary All Black Zinzan Brooke played for New Zealand against the Barbarians at Cardiff in 1993 but eventually became a distinguished Baa-Baa in his own right on two summer tours in 1999 and 2000. On the latter he captained the Club against Scotland at Murrayfield and in the resounding 85-10 victory over English club champions Leicester at Twickenham. On that tour he also packed down in the same side as his brother and fellow All Black, Robin Brooke.
Whilst serving on the Club committee between 2004 and 2008 he coached the squad against Combined Services and East Midlands and also on the 2007 summer tour to Tunisia and Spain.
See also Players' Archive
Bill Beaumont captained both the England Grand Slam side of 1980 and the Lions in South Africa the same year. In an equally distinguished career for the Barbarians he led the Club in five of his 15 appearances between 1975 and 1981. It might have been even more when, after being named captain for the end of tour match against Australia in January 1982, the fixture was cancelled because of a severe blizzard in Cardiff. He was no stranger to south Wales having been a key member of six consecutive Easter tours with the Barbarians. He also played against the 1978 All Blacks at Cardiff.
For further details, see Archive - Players A to Z
England's most capped player with 114 tests, Jason Leonard made his Barbarians' debut on the 1996 summer tour to Japan when the Club aided the Kobe Earthquake Appeal. He went on to play a total of six times and along the way achieved the rare feat of playing against all four home nations in the black-and-white shirt. With immaculate timing, he capped his final game at Twickenham in 2004 with the opening try as the Barbarians went on to beat England 32-12. He served on the Barbarian committee in 2008-09.
Thomas Gerald Reames Davies scored eight tries in 10 games for the Club including a hat-trick against Wasps in 1967. Originally an international centre, including his appearances for the Barbarians against Australia and New Zealand in 1967, he went on to become one of the greatest wings to play the game. He unfortunately withdrew injured on the morning of the famous match against the All Blacks in 1973 but was again in the side against them the following year. He also made his second appearance against the Wallabies in 1976 and brought down the curtain on a distinguished Barbarian career by captaining the team against the British Lions in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Match at Twickenham in September 1977.
South Africa's Rugby World Cup skipper Francois Pienaar captained the Barbarians in his only appearance for the Club against Leicester at Twickenham in 1999.
Andy Irvine was one of the great Barbarian servants of the 1970s, scoring 121 points, including 13 tries, in his 16 appearances. An almost automatic choice, he played against the All Blacks in 1974 and 1978 and the Wallabies in 1976. The cancellation of the match at Cardiff in 1982 deprived him of a second appearance against Australia. He also toured New England and Canada with the Club in 1976.
A Rugby World Cup winner with Australia and one-time world points' record holder with 911 in 72 tests, Michael Lynagh also scored 33 points in two matches for the Wallabies against the Barbarians in 1984 and 1988. In 1990 he teamed up with long time half-back partner Nick Farr-Jones as the Barbarians kicked- off their Centenary season with a first-ever match against England at Twickenham.
The dashing David Duckham created his own niche in Barbarians' history with five tries in one game against Leicester in 1969 - not a record as Tony O'Reilly scored seven against East Africa in 1958. Duckham also left an indelible mark with his counter-attacking in broken field against the All Blacks in Cardiff in 1973. Though he didn't touch down in that famous win he did rack up a total of 19 tries in 20 games for the Barbarians and led the side in the record 73-10 victory over Penarth in 1974. He also played for the Club against a later All Blacks' side in 1974 as well as South Africa, Scotland and Fiji in 1970 and he toured South Africa in 1969.