Australian Barbarians

Australian Barbarians Rugby Club

Logo of the Australian Barbarians
Nickname(s) Aussie Baabaas
Founded 1957
Coach(es) Michael Magripli

The Australian Barbarians, nicknamed the "Baa-Baas", is an invitational rugby union team which has been a major part of Australian rugby since the team was founded in 1957. The club is based in Australia.[1] The idea came from the concept of the Barbarian F.C. formed in Britain in 1890.[2]


Matches against international teams only. Does not include any matches arranged by the Australian Barbarians Club for age-group opposition.a The listing may be incomplete.

Date Tournament Location Venue Opponent Result Score Ref
17 June 1957 New Zealand tour of Australia Sydney North Sydney Oval  New Zealand Loss 6–23
25 July 1991 Manu Samoa tour of Australia Sydney Manly Oval  Western Samoa Loss 24–36 [3]
25 June 1997 France tour of Australia Newcastle Topper Stadium  France Win 26–24 [4]
9 June 1998 Scotland tour of Oceania Penrith Penrith Stadium  Scotland Win 39–34
28 August 1999 Fiji tour of Australia Sydney North Sydney Oval  Fiji Win 31–25 [5]
8 June 2010 England tour of Australasia Perth Subiaco Oval  England XV Draw 28–28 b
19 June 2010 England tour of Australasia Gosford Central Coast Stadium  England XV Loss 9–15 b
26 August 2011 Pre-RWC international match Gold Coast Skilled Park  Canada XV Win 38–14 b
10 November 2015 2015 tour to New Zealand Levin Levin Domain NZ Heartland XV Win 38–32 c
13 November 2015 2015 tour to New Zealand Wanganui Cooks Gardens NZ Heartland XV Win 40–24 c


^a Trial matches against the Australian Under-20 side,[6] and other age-group teams, to assist in their preparation for international tournaments have also been played by the Australian Barbarians Rugby Club,[7] but these results are not listed here.

^b The Australian Barbarians team was nominated by the ARU as the second national team to play two matches against England in 2010.[8] As such, it was essentially Australia A by another name for the 2010 England tour. The Australian Barbarians also played a pre-World Cup friendly against Canada in 2011.[9]

^c Players from the National Rugby Championship that were not contracted for Super Rugby were selected to play against a New Zealand side chosen from the Heartland Championship.

See also


  1. "Brumbies 20s dominate Australian Barbarians selections - Brumbies Rugby". 27 February 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  2. McCormack, Ian (21 August 1969). "RU Barbarians to re-form next year". Canberra Times. Fairfax. p. 28. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  3. "Sport results and detail". Canberra Times. Fairfax. 27 July 1991. p. 44. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  4. "Warner sticking with Wicks". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. 23 June 1997. p. 32. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  5. "Larkham and Eales eager to play for Bledisloe Cup". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. 19 August 1999. p. 49. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  6. "Australia U20s vs Australian Barbarians: Highlights, result". 24 May 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  7. "Australian U20's defeat Australian Barbarians in pre World Championship hit out". Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  8. "England to play Australian Barbarians". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 18 March 2010. Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  9. "Wallabies power Barbarians' victory". 26 August 2011. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2015.

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