NZ Barbarian Rugby Club
Following the 1935 All Blacks tour of Great Britain, Hugh McLean and Ron Bush became interested in forming a New Zealand Barbarian Rugby Club that adopted the philosophies of the foundation Barbarians club in England.
In the early years the club was primarily involved in organising teams of selected players to take part in benefit matches and exhibitions which spread the gospel of adventurous rugby in Auckland and in many parts of the North Island. The club fielded its first team in1937 in a benefit match for the Thames Valley sub-unions, who were suffering financially.
As a non-profit organization, the club aims to use any money gained to nurture or improve the game and in recent years has become a major sponsor of primary school, secondary school and middleweight (i.e. weight restricted) rugby at both the Auckland and national level.
In the early 1970s the club purchased a property at 17 Cricket Ave which served the Barbarians well for 40 years.
The property at 17 Cricket Ave was required for the redevelopment of Eden Park for the Rugby World Cup in 2011 and patron Bob Sorenson opened the magnificent new facility on level 6 of the ASB Stand at Eden Park on June 24, 2010. The images below will introduce you to this facility.
The Barbarian ‘brand’ is globally respected and highly recognisable in the rugby-playing world.