The final signing of 2007/08, Pat Barnard joins Wasps from Northampton Saints. The former IRB Young Player of the Year represented South Africa in the inaugural U21 World Championship and has since been picked up on the England Rugby radar, named in the EPS squad at the start of the 2006/07, qualifying for the white shirt through his English mother.
Tipped by London Wasps Forwards Coach, Craig Dowd as a future England tight head Barnard joins Wasps ready to make his mark in the pack. Having spent just under two seasons with Northampton, Pat racked up 26 appearances in total, though he was restricted to 15 in 2006/07 due to a calf strain. Fighting fit now though the former Stormers and Western Province player has his sights set on owning the Wasps number 3 jersey, which echoes the thoughts of Wasps' Forwards Coach Craig Dowd who was quick to state that Pat has been signed as competition for Phil Vickery, not cover.
Away from the field Pat enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities which include golf and clay shooting. A man of many layers he combines his passions for the outdoors with a background in law, having studied for his degree at Stallenbosch University. However this was interrupted with the offer of a professional contract with the Western Province in his second year, and the rest as they say is history. After a year with the Western Province he moved into the Super 12 arena.
Pat credits his Dad as the biggest influence in his career, having offered continual support to the 26 year old throughout his years as a rugby player. His ambitions off the pitch include further investigation into another degree, hoping to add to his knowledge of law.
A man who thrives on the big rugby occasions, Pat will be looking for success with Wasps and despite injury early on in the season he continues to work hard with the London Wasps physio and conditioning staff with the hope of a return to action eager to ensure Wasps secure honours in all competitions.
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|Weight:||118kgs / 18st 8lbs|
|Height:||183cm / 6ft 0ins|
|Date of Birth:||03/07/1981|
|Place of Birth:||Port Elizabeth|
|Former Clubs:||Northampton Saints, CA Brive-Correze, Golden Cats, Stormers|
|Representative Honours:||South Africa U21|
|Debut Match:||Saracens 15/09/2007|
|Pat's Club Stats:||This Season||Club Total|