May 16, 2017

The club is holding a gala fundraising dinner called ‘Rugby Ties’.
A weekly updated newsletter will be sent to you, especially around the organising of teams from the various eras from both NZ and the UK using member friendships with their counterparts.
Date: Thursday July 6
Venue: Auckland Viaduct Events Centre
Time: 6pm for pre-drinks
Cost: $250 including GST from Ticketmaster: Search: rugby ties
Charities: NZ Rugby Foundation, Spirit of Adventure Trust and the NZ Barbarian Rugby Club
Sponsors to date: Heineken, Brancott Letter Series wines, Barfoot & Thompson

The only formalities on the evening will be the welcome, a panel discussion hosted by the MCs for the night, Melodie Robinson and James McOnie, and three or four auction items to be auctioned by the panel, who will put pressure on you guys.
The rest of the night is all about the camaraderie gained through playing the sport of rugby and the friends from all around the world for those lucky enough to have been All Blacks or provincial players.
We want this to be the gala dinner event of the Lions tour with attendance by the ‘Rugby Royalty’ of NZ and UK rugby players.
We have been in touch with the UK Barbarians and the Lions tours organisation who have over 6000 supporters on their tours alone, so we expect many of them to be attending this function.

Speakers: We are trying to match eras of players to cover a broad spectrum of Lions tours. We are seeking assistance from both the UK Barbarians and the NZ Barbarians to find the below spaces as this is about Barbarian members entertaining us on their experiences against each other. We have the below confirmed and are now seeking others so, as a Barbarian, if you feel you know some guys are back out here supporting the Lions, we can easily match them up with an All Black.

We would love a match from the 1977 tour as it is their 40-year reunion this year. Please contact me with suggestions: Simon Johnston 0274-736-327 or email

Scotland: Gavin Hastings 1993
England to be advised
Wales to be advised
Ireland to be advised

All Blacks:
Sean Fitzpatrick 1993
Sir Brian Lochore 1966
To be advised
To be advised
Reunions: we would love you members to create reunions of teams you played for against the Lions whether for your province, the New Zealand Maori, NZ Universities or your province.
Below are the names of Barbarian members who participated against the 1977 Lions team. If your name is included, please start a reunion to all catch up at this event and ring your friends from the UK who you played against.

Poverty Bay-East Coast:
Ian Kirkpatrick
Grant Allen
Lawrie Knight

Ian Eliason
Dave Loveridge
Graham Mourie

King Country-Wanganui:
Bill Osborne

Tim Burcher

Leicester Rutledge

Dennis Thorn
Dave Syms
Greg Denholm

Alex Wyllie
Tane Norton

Dave Henderson
Paul Quinn
Andy Leslie

Bryan Williams
Brad Johnstone
Colin Farrell
Mike Richards
Glenn Rich
Dennis Thorn
Andy Haden
Steve Watt

NZ Maori:
Bill Osborne
Tane Norton

Counties-Thames Valley:
Graeme Taylor
Alan Dawson
Henk Habraken
John Spiers
Andy Dalton

Kevin Greene

NZ Juniors:
Glenn Rich
Rod Ketels
Alan Dawson

North Auckland:
Peter Sloane
Bevan Holmes
Hamish Macdonald

Bay of Plenty:
Alan McNaughton

All Blacks:
Bryan Williams
Brad Johnstone
Colin Farrell
Andy Haden
Bruce Robertson
Bill Osborne
Lawrie Knight
Ian Kirkpatrick
Tane Norton
Graham Mourie

I will be sending out a weekly newsletter on the ‘Rugby Ties’ event as we turn this into a wonderful occasion, including helping fund the NZ Rugby Foundation and the Spirit of Adventure Trust, both national causes.
Any assistance you can give me, please don’t hesitate, as this event is organised from the committee to keep all costs to a minimum.
We are still looking for additional sponsors, so please contact me for a proposal.
In appreciation of your support to meet up for camaraderie, laughs and stories.

Simon Johnston
Events & Funding
NZ Barbarian Rugby Club
P: 0274-736-327