Vancouver, BC – March 27, 2019: Three Canadian players have been selected to join the historic Barbarians RFC side when they face the USA in Colorado on April 26. Andrea Burke (Capilano RFC), Julia Folk (Castaway Wanderers RFC) and Amanda Thornborough (Westshore RFC) have all been selected to join players from eight other countries including New Zealand, Australia and England.
The match will be the first ever international fixture contested by a Women’s Barbarian side and will be a moment of pride for all players involved. The first ever Women’s Barbarian team was announced in October 2017 to face Munster, winning 19-0. The Barbarians RFC, which dates back to 1890, is an invitation-only rugby club which has fielded some of the worlds greatest rugby players in its long and illustrious history. Players selected to the “Baa-Baas” play in the traditional black and white hoops of the club, but wear their own club socks.
The match will be streamed live on FloRugby.com with kick off at 4:00pm PT
Original Article – Barbarians RFC:
The Barbarians have called up women from NINE different nations for their first international assignment against the USA Women’s Eagles next month.
New Zealand’s World Cup winners Fiao’o Fa’amausili, Steph Te Ohaere-Fox, Linda Itunu and Emma Jensen are among a 19-strong group announced today.
Head coach Anna Richards has also invited players from Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, the Netherlands, Scotland, the USA and Wales with more to be added following the play-off stages of the Tyrrells Premier 15s competition in England.
The Barbarians take on the USA for the first time at Infinity Park in Glendale on April 26 (5pm) with the match streamed live by FloRugby.com
The 129 year-old Barbarians club launched their women’s team in 2017-18 with wins against Munster (19-0) and the British Army (37-0). They will take on England for the first time as part of a double-header at Twickenham on June 2.
There are five North American-based played in USA duo Carmen Farmer and Hannah Stolba, and Canada’s Julia Folk, Amanda Thornborough and Andrea Burke.
Wales supply experienced fly half Elinor Snowsill, flanker Alisha Butchers and Olympic Sevens wing Jasmine Joyce; Ireland’s representatives are Gill Bourke and Paula Fitzpatrick, while Scotland provide Montpellier-based centre Helen Nelson.
England have two representatives in prop Heather Kerr (Darlington MP Sharks) and lock Amelia Buckland-Hurry (Bristol Bears), who is the traditional uncapped player.
Former Australia forward Dalena Dennison and Netherlands prop Samantha Martinez Gion) complete the group.