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The Barbarians are an invitational rugby side, formed in 1890 by William Percy Carpmael, who come together during international rugby windows to play Test matches.
The Baa-Baas motto is "Rugby Football is a game for gentlemen in all classes, but for no bad sportsman in any class", given to them by Walter Julius Carey, the former Bishop of Bloemfontein and a member of the Barbarians in 1894.
In January 1973, Gareth Edwards scored what is widely known as the greatest try of all time, whilst wearing the black and white hoops against the All Blacks. In less than 30 seconds of rugby, the ball went through multiple pairs of hands, including the likes of JPR Williams and the sidestepping Phil Bennett, before Edwards sprinted his way to the try line. The Barbarians would go on to win the match 23-11, the first time they had beaten New Zealand.
Barbarians coaches vary with tours, and recent squads have seen names such as Pat Lam, Rassie Erasmus, Robbie Deans and Vern Cotter take charge.
Their team colours are black and white hoops with black shorts. Players famously wear different socks - usually representing their club side.
The Barbarians Rugby shirt has been manufactured by the likes of Cotton Traders, Adidas, KooGa and Rhino, but is currently produced by Gilbert.
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