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Jamie Edgecombe

Jamie was a regular for the Barbarians B Team for several years from 2002 to 2005.
An Englishmen who played in the forwards Jamie was a hardworking loosie, excellent tackler and very good on the ground. Jamie copped some "pre-cup" flak in 2003 leading up to Rugby World Cup from the kiwi boys, but eventually it was he who had the last laugh when Johnny Wilkinson slotted the winning droppy that year.
Jamie married a local lady Yuko, had a son and now teaches back in England, returns regularly for a visit and sometimes dons the boots for the club to revisit the old memories.
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Mark Ealey

I started playing for the Barbarians at the end of 1983, when the Club was still the "Vomits". Even back in those days the guys stood out from other teams with their drive to be stronger and better organised each year. This is certainly nothing I take credit for; the mindset was already there when I arrived. We were also different from other teams in many ways - we wore letters on our backs rather than numbers and the top try scorers were all tight forwards - wings only touched the ball if the opposition kicked it to them.
I played through the metamorphosis to the Hokkaido Barbarians, experiencing the rise from F Block in my first year to A Block in my last as a player. Apart from many Japanese friends I made in Sapporo, I was lucky enough to play with more than 20 foreign players during my years time in the Club, many of whom I still keep in touch with.
To the Vomits / Barbarians: Thanks for the memories. I hope that you continue to help foster the sport in Hokkaido.
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