Barbarians To Face USA Women In Glendale

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The USA Women's team will play a historic game April 26 when they face the Barbarians FC in Glendale, CO.

The Eagles will face the Baa-Baas as the first part of a doubleheader at Infinity Park in Glendale, CO, USA Rugby announced today. The other game will be  a Major League Rugby (MLR) matchup between the Glendale Raptors and Rugby United New York.

This will be the first time a Barbarians side has ever faced a USA Rugby national team. 

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Originally founded in 1890 with a women’s team launched in 2017, the Barbarians are one of the most famous rugby names in the world, who have competed against 21 different national teams (women’s and men’s combined) and come away with an unbeaten record. 

The team itself features the best national team players from multiple unions across the globe, all coming together to form one high-caliber side comparable to an All-Star team. Being an incredibly competitive opponent, the Barbarians fit well within the U.S. Women’s National Team’s strategy to grow and evolve in depth by testing their strengths against the best in the world. 

The match will serve as the conclusion to a high-performance training camp which will see more than 50 USA women’s athletes train and compete for the opportunity to play the Baa-Baas at week’s end. 

The camp will serve two functions in not only identifying the match-day 23 to face the Barbarians, but also in helping Women’s National Team staff further identify and develop talent as part of its ongoing Campaign Plan for Rugby World Cup New Zealand 2021. 

“We are thrilled to work with the Barbarians to bring their women’s team across to the United States," said USA Rugby General Manager for Women’s High-Performance Emilie Bydwell. "We are very thankful for the support we’ve received from Glendale and Infinity Park to make this match and camp happen. The game aligns perfectly with this stage in our campaign plan, securing more fixtures for our Women’s Eagles and giving our High-Performance camp greater meaning and excitement. Following the conclusion of the Regional Programming at the end of March, the April HP camp will serve as our next step in preparation for the June test series.”

Barbarians Chairman John Spencer was thrilled at the matchup.

"The Barbarians launched their women’s team in 2017 to bring together talented players to play with the spirit of enjoyment and entertainment for which the club is famous," said Spencer. "Taking on international opponents for the first time is another landmark moment for the team and facing a side ranked No.5 in the USA Women’s Eagles will a marvelous challenge.

“It is wonderful to see the Barbarians return to the USA for the first time since 1976, when we played club sides on both the East and West coasts. That summer tour saw some of rugby’s greatest names — Phil Bennett and JJ Williams among them — involved and I’m sure next month's team will include women’s players of a similar standing from around the world.”

The Women’s Eagles will assemble on April 20 in Glendale, CO and play intrasquad matches as part of their preparation to face the Baa-Baas later that week. Kickoff between the Eagles and Barbarians is set for 5 PM Mountain Time with the MLR matchup to follow at 7:30 PM. 

Tickets are on sale now at, starting at only $25 for Adults and $5 for kids with additional levels and packages available. One ticket is valid for both games. 

The Barbarians match will be broadcast LIVE on

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