Barbarian Rugby Club

The Barbarian Rugby Club, more commonly known as the French Barbarians, is a rugby union team formed in 1979 and based in France. It was founded as an amateur invitational team modeled on the Barbarian F.C..

French Barbarians
(French: Barbarians français)
Nickname(s)Les Babas
Coach(es)Denis Charvet
Most capsDenis Charvet (85)
Most appearancesDenis Charvet (13)
Team kit
First match
French Barbarians 26 – 22  Scotland
(2 May 1980)
Largest win
French Barbarians 45 – 4  Japan
(27 October 1985)
Largest defeat
XV des Présidents 83 – 12 French Barbarians
(20 September 2003)

From the start of the 2017–18 season, the French Barbarians became the official second national team of the French Rugby Federation,[1] which had previously designated either the France U20 side or France A as that team.[2][3]

The French Barbarians play in sky, navy and royal blue hooped jerseys. As with the original Barbarians, players retain the socks from their "home" club strip.


Jean-Claude Skrela founded the club after he had played for, and adored, the original Barbarians in the later days of his career. Through the amateur era, all players chosen for the side were either French or played for French clubs.

One of the most recent matches was against the Argentina national team (Los Pumas) in early 2007, as part of their preparation for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. For the game, held in Biarritz, the coaches were Jacques Delmas (Biarritz), Patrice Lagisquet (Biarritz) and were captained by Thomas Lièvremont. While in 2008 they beat Canada in Victoria. They played with Argentina at José Amalfitani Stadium in Buenos Aires on 20 June 2009 as part of the mid-year test series, and lost 32–18.

In 2016 the French Barbarians beat Australia XV by 19–11 in their first match against an Australian side for over twenty years. And in late 2017 they beat the Māori All Blacks 19–15 in the Autumn internationals, which was the first time playing that side.

Matches against international sides

DateVenueOpposing TeamsForAgainstResult
1 May 1980Stade Armandie, Agen Scotland2622Won
7 November 1981Stade Jean Dauger, Bayonne New Zealand1828Lost
11 November 1982Stade Maurice Boyau, Dax Argentina822Lost
23 November 1983Stade Mayol, Toulon Australia2123Lost
22 October 1985Stade Jean-Martinaud, Cognac Japan454Won
10 May 1986Stade Armandie, Agen Scotland3219Won
11 November 1986Stade Marcel-Deflandre, La Rochelle New Zealand1226Lost
22 May 1988Stade Marcel-Deflandre, La Rochelle Ireland4126Won
22 October 1989Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux Fiji1632Lost
27 October 1990Stade Armandie, Agen New Zealand1323Lost
31 October 1992Stadium Lille Métropole, Villeneuve-d'Ascq South Africa2520Won
11 November 1993Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin, Clermont-Ferrand Australia2643Lost
1 November 1995Stade Mayol, Toulon New Zealand1934Lost
23 November 1996Stade Amédée-Domenech, Brive South Africa3022Won
11 November 1997Parc des Sports Aguiléra, Biarritz South Africa4022Won
11 November 1998Stade Pierre Rajon, Bourgoin-Jallieu Argentina3830Won
27 May 2000Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Wales3340Lost
7 November 2000Stade Félix-Bollaert, Lens New Zealand2321Won
18 November 2001Stade Mayol, Toulon Fiji1517Lost
20 September 2003Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié, Narbonne XV des Présidents1283Lost
3 March 2007Parc des Sports Aguiléra, Biarritz Argentina1428Lost
28 June 2008Esquimalt's Bullen Park, Victoria Canada177Won
20 June 2009José Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires Argentina1832Lost
26 November 2010Stade des Alpes, Grenoble Tonga2728Lost
4 June 2011Independiente Stadium, Avellaneda Argentina1923Lost
11 June 2011Estadio Centenario, Resistencia Argentina2118Won
20 June 2012Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo Japan4021Won
24 June 2012Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo Japan5118Won
25 November 2012Stade Océane, Le Havre Japan6441Won
16 November 2013Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin, Clermont-Ferrand Samoa2019Won
14 November 2014Stade Mayol, Toulon Namibia3514Won
20 June 2015Old Resian Club, Rosario Argentina2822Won
26 June 2015La Plata Rugby Club, La Plata Argentina921Lost
24 November 2016Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux Wallaby XV1911Won
10 November 2017Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux Māori All Blacks1915Won
31 May 2018Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi Georgia1516Lost
10 November 2018Stade Chaban Delmas, Bordeaux Tonga3849Lost


Against Played Won Lost Drawn Win %
XV des Présidents10100%
 New Zealand514020%
Māori All Blacks1100100%
 South Africa3300100%

Current squad

French Barbarians 23-man squad to face Tonga on 10 November 2018 as part of the end-of-year internationals.[4]

Note: Bold denotes players that have represented the French Barbarians in previous matches. Italics represents uncapped players. Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Date of birth (age) Club/province Union
Teddy Baubigny Hooker (1998-09-02) 2 September 1998 (age 22) Racing 92 France
Pierre Bourgarit Hooker (1997-09-12) 12 September 1997 (age 23) La Rochelle France
Quentin Béthune Prop (1995-09-25) 25 September 1995 (age 25) Agen France
Antoine Guillamon Prop (1991-06-04) 4 June 1991 (age 30) Montpellier France
Jean-Baptiste Gros Prop (1999-05-25) 25 May 1999 (age 22) Toulon France
Emerick Setiano Prop (1996-07-19) 19 July 1996 (age 24) Toulon France
Thomas Jolmes Lock (1995-10-08) 8 October 1995 (age 25) La Rochelle France
Swan Rebbadj Lock (1995-01-15) 15 January 1995 (age 26) Toulon France
Dylan Cretin Back row (1997-05-04) 4 May 1997 (age 24) Lyon France
Loïc Godener Back row (1995-08-13) 13 August 1995 (age 25) Grenoble France
Jordan Joseph Back row (2000-07-31) 31 July 2000 (age 20) Racing 92 France
Patrick Sobela Back row (1992-08-12) 12 August 1992 (age 28) Lyon France
Alexi Balès Scrum-half (1990-05-30) 30 May 1990 (age 31) La Rochelle France
Louis Carbonel Fly-half (1999-02-04) 4 February 1999 (age 22) Toulon France
Thibault Daubagna Fly-half (1994-05-20) 20 May 1994 (age 27) Pau France
Romain Ntamack Fly-half (1999-05-01) 1 May 1999 (age 22) Toulouse France
Pierre-Louis Barassi Centre (1998-04-22) 22 April 1998 (age 23) Lyon France
Yvan Reilhac Centre (1995-06-09) 9 June 1995 (age 26) Montpellier France
Martin Laveau Wing (1996-09-10) 10 September 1996 (age 24) Castres France
Kylan Hamdaoui Fullback (1994-04-15) 15 April 1994 (age 27) Stade Français France
Clément Laporte Fullback (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 23) Agen France
Thomas Ramos Fullback (1995-07-23) 23 July 1995 (age 25) Toulouse France

Former players


See also


  1. "Les Barbarians Français deviennent une équipe nationale" (in French). Fédération Française de Rugby. 23 October 2017. Archived from the original on 6 November 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  2. "Next Senior National Representative Team June 2003-2017" (PDF). World Rugby. 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  3. "Next Senior National Representative Team June 2003–2012" (PDF). World Rugby. 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  4. "LE XV TITULAIRE FACE AUX MAORIS !". Archived from the original on 8 November 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2017.