The Barbarians nicknamed the 'Baa-Baas' is an invitational rugby union side based in Britain. Membership into the team is by invitation and the only qualifications considered when issuing an invitation is if the player of a high enough standard to compete with international teams. Traditionally at least one uncapped players is selected for each match. he sides first ever match was in 1890 playing Hartlepool Rovers winning 9-4. Their largest win was against Belgium in a 84-10 thrashing.
The Barbarians was formed by William Percy Carpmael who had played rugby for Cambridge University. Notable players include Zinzan Brooke, Jeremy Guscott, Bill Beaumont, David Campese, Michael Lynagh, Francois Pienaar, Jack Kyle and many more. The games on the 27th of January 1973 is celebrated as one of the best games of rugby union of all time. The Barbarians played the All Blacks winning 23-11. Tony O'Reilly holds the record number of tries and appearances.
The Barbarians play in traditional black and white hooped shirts with black shorts and whit socks. On many occasions the invited players play with their club socks. There are other Barbarians sides including the Australian, New Zealand, South African, French and Brussels Barbarians.