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Remembering George Barbour
By Raga House | Wed 03 Oct, 2018 21:35

The late George Barbour was born in England on 5/2/1939 and started playing rugby in 1949 at Bedford School. 

He moved to Kenya where his family settled in Kitale. He was soon a regular member of the Kitale team and was soon selected to the representative provincial West Kenya teams. 

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In 1958/1959 the University of Cape Town Invitation team toured East Africa. George was a member of the West Kenya, Kenya and East African team which played the tourists in 14 matches. 

The following year he was called up to play in the Scorpions RFC Invitational team then based in Dodoma-Tanganyika. He was first capped for Kenya on 16/04/1960 against Tanganyika at Arusha playing number 8. 

Barbour was a team member of the East African side that hosted 1964 Five Nations champions Wales in a one off test in 12 May 1964 at the RFUEA Grounds playing on the blindside. ]

He was on the 3rd Tuskers tour to England in 1966 and the 4th one in 1972 to Ireland where he also skippered the touring side. George won the Enterprise Cup captaining Kitale in the 6-3 win against Mount Kenya in 1967.

He played in the Kenya Cup-1969-1975 for Kitale, Kituru(a combination of Kitale and Nakuru Rugby) and West Kenya Oribis. 

He was captain of the Simbas when they won the Prescott Cup in 1971 and 1972 against Uganda. 

He went into Motor racing when he retired and was still engaged in rugby development with his team at Ukunda in the South Coast. 

He also hosted the famous Diani Beach 5-A-Side tournament every July. George played at loose forward.

On Wednesday October 3, he passed away after battling illness. 

By Paul Okong'o -Kisumu

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