August 6, 2015

This is our first broadcast email since the NZ Barbarians vs NZ Maori game but worthwhile reflecting on how well the team played and the exposure that the game gave to the New Zealand Barbarians rugby name.
So much so that we even had comments sent through from our friends overseas who saw the game that was broadcast through several overseas networks. Well done to manager Angus Gardiner, coaches Scott McLeod, Craig Philpott, Paul Feeney and Jason Price, medicos Deb Robinson and Mark Plummer, captain Brad Shields and all of the team. Just a pity about the weather.  We hope the game made a small contribution to helping the ABs selectors pick a team to retain the Rugby World Cup. I’m getting nervous already!
Once again our thanks to Peter Thompson, managing director of Barfoot & Thompson for his continued support of the Barbarians.

Club manager returns
Just to let you know that Dean Paddy has returned from his trip to mother England and is raring to go.
The clubrooms will be open on Friday regardless of how many turn up so a chance for our Auckland-based members to reacquaint themselves with the club prior to next week.


Tuesday August 11: first up we have Ron Palenski launching his new book Rugby: a New Zealand Historyfrom our clubrooms.

The following link is an invitation to the launch and members are invited to attend.
The book will be on sale at the clubrooms and you will be able to buy it from the bar.

Thursday August 13: University Rugby Club long lunch
The lunch starts at midday and finishes late afternoon/early evening in the Barbarian clubrooms for invited attendees but all club members are very welcome to put in an appearance in the clubrooms from late afternoon onwards.

Friday August 14: NZ Rugby Foundation lunch
Again this is a ‘long lunch’ with members and guests retiring to the clubrooms after lunch and members not attending the lunch will be welcome at their clubrooms.

Saturday August 15: All Blacks vs Australia Bledisloe Cup test
Eden Park is sold out so it will be a big day to end the week. The clubrooms will be open from about 4pm but this is one night of the year where we have to watch that the numbers in the clubrooms don’t exceed our licence, so members are very welcome before and after the game but please limit the number of guests you bring in. You will also need to have guest passes to get past Eden Park security on the ground floor at entrance C on Walters Road.

Saturday August 29: NZ Barbarians Area Schools vs Waikato Harlequins U18 at Waikato Stadium
The Barbarians squad for this annual game has been announced so click on Campbell Burnes’ article from the NZ Herald’s online archive. The article takes a few seconds to load but the team with their schools is listed so check whether your school appears – for those of us who went to the lesser-known schools. I’ll send more info on this game once we get the test out of the way.