It’s one of sport’s most iconic jerseys with 129 years of rugby tradition woven into it and Barbarians great Dan Lyle made the presentation to the team taking on the USA Women’s Eagles in Denver.

It marks the first time our women’s team has faced international opposition. Details of how to watch the game online are here.

Former USA international Lyle urged captain Linda Itunu and her teammates to live up to the club’s best traditions and make new history for the expanding women’s game.

“This tradition, this change, this wonderful new vibe that’s sweeping through the world game, is being driven by you,” he told the team.

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“There are so many wonderful talented individuals in this room that have shattered records, won World Cups, but this takes on a new mantle. 

“Tomorrow is something that allows you to leave for the Barbarians this wonderful new environment that is open to everybody. 

“You are also leaving something for a country that is building and growing and a wonderful new frontier for rugby. 

“You have an opportunity to leave something for the sport.”

Each player receives the Gilbert jersey with the names of the greats of the game who have played in each position etched into the shirt numbers.

It is accompanied by an invitation card — a further nod to tradition — addressed to each player and the women’s players also receive a unique Barbarians pin badge. 

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