September 28, 2015

NZ Barbarians Schools vs NZ Schools
Over the past few weeks the Barbarian brand has featured in several school games which culminated in the NZ Barbarians Schools vs NZ Schools on September 19 at Palmerston North BHS.
You may already have read that NZ Barbarians Schools lost their first game in four seasons, going down 20-18 to the top NZ Schools team in a great game. NZ Schools scored a converted try in the last two minutes for the victory. The scores were tied at 10-all after 50 minutes.
Our President ‘Beegee’ Williams attended the game and the following email from Beegee says it all:
“I must say it was a special 24 hours for me. The culture built up by the management team was exceptional and I have been around many teams. Darren Larsen (Lardy) has done his homework on Maoritanga. Last night’s jersey presentation was very emotional and I was privileged to be part of it. Garry Chronican (NZSSRU chairman) was also there as were a number of parents. Today the boys played with huge spirit and led with only three minutes to go. We were in the attacking zone and were awarded a penalty advantage. The boys played on as they were on top. The ref apparently called ‘advantage over’, the ball popped out the side and they went 70 metres to score. Unbelievable! When I left to come back to Auckland, the boys gathered and did a hugely powerful haka for me. It brought tears to my eyes. We are here to stay in this space. They embraced the true Barbarian spirit.’

Top 4 schools tournament
Earlier in the week the national top 4 competition was held in Rotorua and Campbell Burnes has posted a full write-up of the week on our website at
It’s worthwhile clicking onto the link to get all the news on this great tournament.

Rugby World Cup and the Barbarians Football Club
We have quite a team heading off to the UK and President Beegee (Bryan Williams), past President Millsy (Mike Mills), Vice-President Culli (Neil Cullimore) and former NZRU chairman Fish (Rob Fisher) will be meeting with our friends at the Barbarian Football Club on September 29 to discuss issues of mutual interest and to congratulate the UK Barbarians on their 125th jubilee.

Annual General Meeting and Xmas function:
Please note the following dates in your calendars but more information will be sent closer to the time
Annual General Meeting – Wednesday November 25, 6pm
Xmas party – Friday December 4, 6pm

Enjoy the ITM Cup and all the best to our mighty All Blacks.