The Barbarians were today announced as the final competing men’s team at RugbyX, the international rugby union tournament which will take place at The O2, London, on 29th October 2019. RugbyX is a new, World Rugby and RFU approved format which sees international Sevens teams from Argentina, England, USA, France and Ireland competing in a single-day tournament format.
RugbyX will be played under existing rugby union laws in respect of foul play and breakdown penalties, but will include some law-trial adaptations in order to encourage simple and fast gameplay, including:
- 5 players per team
- Matches to last 10 minutes with no half time
- No line outs – quick throws to be taken by a substitute from the team in possession
- No conversions
Announcing the participation of the Barbarians, Ben Ryan, Technical Director of RugbyX, said: “RugbyX is bringing world leading international Sevens rugby teams into Europe’s number one entertainment destination – The O2 arena – for an adapted form of the game we love. RugbyX will provide new and existing fans with an opportunity to support their national team in a brand new rugby environment.
“At RugbyX we are looking to instil some key principles with this new format of the game which consist of teamwork, participation and inclusion. These values are the fundamentals of the Barbarians’ existence so to have them participate at RugbyX is just brilliant. Additionally, the wealth of experience and talent that the Barbarians have to select from will make them one of the strongest competitors at The O2 in October.”
John Spencer, Chairman of Barbarian FC, commented: “Since our foundation in 1890, the Barbarians have been committed to combining the best of attacking rugby with the traditions of enjoyment and sportsmanship for which our club and our sport is famous throughout the world. We are delighted to bring those traditions to this most innovative format of rugby at The O2 arena in London. We have had success in the Sevens game previously, with wins at the Hong Kong Sevens and Middlesex Sevens amongst the Barbarians past honours. We look forward to facing the world’s leading international sevens teams in this new fast-paced, five vs. five format of the game we love.”
Tickets are available for afternoon (16:00 – 18:00) & evening (20:30 – 22:30) sessions via Ticketmaster and AXS