England take on the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday in a game that rugby’s purists always hope will sign the season off with a flourish.
The Barbarians are over 100 years old and, in this age of professionalism, stand as a towering emblem of the game’s long standing ethos of friendship through sport.
The Baa-Baas’ free-flowing style of rugby is their hallmark, although the dominance of defence in the modern era makes it harder for the men who run out in black and white hoops to thrill the crowds the way they once did.
It is also highly unlikely that their off-field antics still measure up to those of tours gone by.
R.W. Shaw, who represented the club in the 1930s, recalls one post-match shin-dig on barbarianfc.co.uk
Setting off of fireworks and the riding of a bicycle all on the dance floor were all accepted in the spirit in which these actions were done. I used to conduct the dance band for several years in succession. In retrospect, I cannot understand this as I was timber toned and couldn't play a musical instrument. It is quite amazing what beer can do!
There have been plenty of on-field pyrotechnics from the world’s best players when they have donned the famous shirt, but the following six games stand out.