Tim Barker (rugby union)

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Tim Barker
Birth nameTim Barker
Date of birth (1981-06-19) 19 June 1981 (age 42)
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight114 kg (18.0 st)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Amateur team(s)
Rainey Old Boys
Senior career
Glasgow Warriors
Castres Olympique
Glasgow Warriors
Correct as of 29 March 2022

Tim Barker (born 19 June 1981) [1] is an Irish former rugby union player, who played in the second row for Ulster, Glasgow Warriors and Castres Olympique.

He started out at playing club rugby at Dungannon and represented Ireland at under-age levels up to under-21, [2] before signing his first professional contract with Ulster in 2003. [3] He moved to Glasgow Warriors in 2005, [4] where he played for one season before returning to Ulster in 2006, [5] then signing for Castres in 2007. [6] He returned for a second stint at Glasgow in 2008, [7] before signing for third time for Ulster in 2010. [8] He retired from professional rugby in 2012, starting a new career as a chartered accountant and playing club rugby for Rainey Old Boys in the All-Ireland League until 2019. [2]

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  1. Tim Barker profile, European Professional Club Rugby
  2. 1 2 Adam McKendry, "Tim Barker: I have no regrets, only pride in my wonderful rugby career", Belfast Telegraph, 3 March 2019
  3. Gavin Mairs, "Rugby: New faces on show as Ulster slip into gear", Belfast Telegraph, 1 July 2003
  4. "Humph out of Welsh clash", Belfast Telegraph, 8 April 2005
  5. "Ulster sign Tim Barker", Glasgow Warriors, 3 March 2006
  6. "Ulster's Tim Barker reaches deal to join Castres", Irish Independent, 12 November 2007
  7. "Barker returns to Glasgow", ESPN, 23 May 2008
  8. Niall Crozier, "Magners League: Rivals wary of Ulster", Belfast Telegraph, 30 August 2010