International Barbarians Rugby - Women

March 28 2019

Amanda Thornborough - BCRN MVP November 2014
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Barbarians Name Squad to Face USA for First Time: Three Canadians on Squad - Amanda Thornborough Gets Second Barbarians Cap

Amanda Thornborough becomes the first Canadian to get two caps for the Baa Baas, a high honour. Thornborough and Kelly Russell were the first Canadians asked to join the women's version of the Barbarians when they started in 2017.

Joining Thornborough (Westshore) are Andrea Burk (Capilano) and Julia Folk (CW). The match vs USA is at Glendale on 26 April.

from ESPN Rugby with files from

Barbarians Women name squad to face the USA for the first time in April.

Barbarians Women have announced their 19-strong group to face the USA Women's Eagles next month for their first international assignment.

Head coach Anna Richards has called up players from nine different nations including New Zealand World Cup winners Fiao'o Fa'amausili, Steph Te Ohaere-Fox, Linda Itunu and Emma Jensen.

Players from Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, the Netherlands, Scotland, USA and Wales have been invited for the match at Infinity Park in Glendale on April. 26.

It was also confirmed that more players would be included to the group following the playoff stages of the Tyrrells Premier 15s competition in England.

The Barbarians launched a women's team in 2017 and recorded two victories over Munster and the British Army.

Six Nations champions England Women will host the Barbarians for the first time as part of a double-header at Twickenham on June. 2.

Full Barbarians squad:

Forwards: Gill Bourke (Stade Francais & Ireland), Amelia Buckland-Hurry (Bristol Bears), Alisha Butchers (Worcester & Wales), Dalena Dennison (Warringah & Australia), Fiao’o Fa’amausili (Auckland Marist & New Zealand), Carmen Farmer (Glendale & USA), Paula Fitzpatrick (St Mary’s & Ireland), Samantha Martinez Gion (Amsterdam & Netherlands), Linda Itunu (Ponsonby & New Zealand), Heather Kerr (Darlington MP & England), Steph Te Ohaere-Fox (Christchurch & New Zealand).

Backs: Andrea Burke (Capilanos & Canada), Julia Folk (Castaway Wdrs & Canada), Emma Jensen (Hastings & New Zealand), Jasmine Joyce (Worcester & Wales), Helen Nelson (Montpellier & Scotland), Elinor Snowsill (Bristol Bears & Wales), Hannah Stolba (Glendale & USA), Amanda Thornborough (Westshore & Canada).

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