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Bolingey Barbarians Return!

Posted: November 30, 2021
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After a one season break because of Covid, the Cornish Pirates look forward to welcoming the Bolingey Barbarians back to the Mennaye Field when the team play Doncaster Knights in the RFU Championship on Sunday 5th December (ko 2.30pm).

The respected Chairman of the Bolingey Barbarians, Roger Mead BEM, has commented:

“We are so pleased to be invited back to the Mennaye Field for the match against Doncaster Knights. This promises to be a great contest and we wish the Pirates well.

“It has been two years since our last visit, and the Barbarians have not played a lot, however we are now looking at a full season ahead. Despite the break, it has not stopped the players and our supporters helping worthy causes during the pandemic with support given to the Children’s Ward at RCH Treliske and to Cornwall’s Mother and Children refuge.”

Roger added:

“We wish to thank everyone involved with the Cornish Pirates and their supporters for helping us continue with our charitable endeavours to help the less fortunate children in Cornwall. Bolingey Barbarians thank you in advance for your support and we wish you all good health and success on the pitch.”


Bolingey Barbarians – a brief history:

Bolingey Barbarians were formed in March 1993 following an ad-hoc match that had been played between the Bolingey Inn and Perranporth RFC to raise money for Children’s Charities. As the match had been so successful it was agreed to form a club and register with the Cornwall RFU. Players can only be invited to play for the club and are mainly selected from Cornish clubs.

The first match, as Bolingey Barbarians, was played against the then past Cornwall RFC Merit Table holders Newquay 1st XV. Many an ex-county player was seen gracing the turf at Ponsmere Valley, Perranporth, where all matches are played. For the first few seasons, fixtures were made with senior, junior, and veteran teams, but with the advent of the league system player availability became more difficult and the club is now exclusively veteran!

At the end of the match players and spectators all retire to the Bolingey Inn where the old traditions of post-match rugby take place. An excellent meal is served which, along with other nourishment, fortifies the renowned singing. It is often during these sessions that monies are raised (and tens of thousands of pounds have been), by different means, for selected Children’s Charities in Cornwall.

For more information, please visit www.bolingey-barbarians.co.uk