famous invitation rugby team The Barbarians makes a rare visit to Coventry tonight as part
of the clubs 125th anniversary celebrations.
It will be a special occasion for Coventrys chairman Keith Fairbrother, because
he played for the club against the Baa Baas, at Coundon Road in the 100th
Also in that team was Peter Rossborough, Coventrys current coach, and the club
president Jim Broderick.
Fairbrother and Rossborough also played several times for the Baa Baas, selection for
which is always considered to be one of the greatest honours among rugby players.
The worlds leading players have travelled huge distances to play for what is
purely an invitation side with no club or ground facilities of its own.
There will be several famous foreigners in the side at Coundon Road tonight, as well as
six current UK internationals and Derek Eves, the former director of rugby at Coventry,
who is now back at the club as a player after a short spell with his former club Bristol.
Eves played for England at A level when he was in his peak as a player and
his selection for the Baa Baas is considered to be a reward for his efforts in a long
playing career followed by his success at Coventry.
"It should be a wonderful occasion. Barbarians teams are specially selected
for their attacking flair and the crowds go along to see exciting rugby.
"When I played against the Baa Baas at Coventry, the club had thirteen
internationals in the team. We do not have that many this time, but we have selected what
we think is our strongest side.
"We hope we can produce a performance which will line us up to win our next four
league matches against West Hartlepool, Moseley, Worcester and Wakefield."
Tonights match kicks off at 7.30 p.m. and the clubroom will include a giant
television screen for those spectators who want to keep up with the England soccer
international against Argentina.