Barbarians Rugby Christmas Story
THE STORY BEHIND THE BARBARIANS v LEICESTER TIGERS CHRISTMAS FIXTURE
It was great to read that the Barbarian F.C. announced that Eddie Jones will coach the side as they return to Twickenham Stadium in the summer of 2023.
Barbarians Rugby Christmas Story – the first game in 1909
Leicester v The Barbarians was always a big attraction for East Midland’s rugby fans. The first game with the Barbarians in 1909 was drawn 9-9. And this marked the beginning of a proud relationship with Leicester. The Tigers are the only club side to have a regular fixture with the famous nomadic team in England.
Barbarians Rugby Internationals
The BaBas included notable players. Firstly, Norman Wodehouse gained 14 caps for England between 1904 and 1941. Secondly, South African Full Back, Stephanus Johannes Joubert. Thirdly, John “Jack” Charles Jenkins gained his lone Welsh cap against Paul Roo’s famous Springboks in 1906. Fourthly, England international Anthony Henniker-Gotley. Finally, Reginald Harry Myburgh Hands was an England international born in Cape Town South Africa in 1888.
The Christmas Rugby Match featuring two Invitation XV Teams
The weather was poor and really tightly fought game. Nevertheless, both teams contrived to play a match that was a credit to Tom Crumbie’s men – the Club’s Honorary Secretary in those days. Leicester too was an Invitation team and players were brought in from far and wide.
Barbarians & Leicester Rugby Pioneers
Barbarians Rugby Christmas Story – the inspired Invitation XV Rugby Shirt
Our Invitation XV Rugby Shirt Vintage is inspired by the great pioneers of Barbarian-style rugby. Also, we offer a classic T-Shirt featuring the motto by Walter Julius Carey. The former Bishop of Bloemfontein and a former member of the Barbarians. It reads – Rugby Football is a game for gentlemen in all classes, but for no bad sportsman in any class.