2018 NZ TOUR

What is the Tour All About?

The Northern Barbarians (formerly known as Beecroft Cherrybrook) Junior Rugby Club has a proud history going back over 50 years, having formed in 1961. It has produced many fine rugby players over that time including a number of Wallabies and Super Rugby representatives. In more recent years our Wallaby roster has included Lachie Turner, Dean Mumm (our first Wallaby captain), Benn Robinson, Ben Alexander, Matt Dunning, Cameron Shepherd and Ben Darwin. The club is clearly a good breeding ground for some of Australia’s future International representatives and we have some very talented 20 year old’s coming through the Grade ranks right now.

Where do we go?

The club has been taking a tour to New Zealand’s North Island every second year since 1980, the next tour will be our 19th consecutive tour.  The primary objective of the tour is to provide our u10 and u11 junior players a unique experience of touring, friendship, rugby and a taste of life in NZ.  The critical element of the tour is participation in club activities, tourists are not selected based on rugby skill, but on “Clubmanship”.

What do the boys get out of it?

The tour has always proved to be an exciting adventure for everyone involved. Whilst on tour, the boys experience a different way of life, immerse themselves in their host family’s activities and of course, play some rugby!

When is the next tour?

In 2018, a group of 10 and 11-year-old players from the Northern Barbarians will once again be travelling to the land of the long white cloud for 10 days playing three games against very competitive opposition, representing both club and country.  The boys have the opportunity to sing the national anthem and face the Haka.

The tour provides the boys with an amazing opportunity for personal growth, to build lifelong friendships and strengthen ties with our partner clubs and we are keen to see this tradition continue well into the future.

How is it paid for?

Fundraising is well already underway and we appreciate the support from the club and the community.  This year we have been fortunate to have received support from a number of Tour Sponsors, we thank you for your support.

We are also seeking additional sponsors for the tour, if you are interested in becoming a Tour Sponsor please contact the club via our website.


Paul Higham

Chair – Tour Organising Committee

Beecroft Northern Barbarians Junior Rugby Club