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Barbarians announce Twickenham date with South Africa

09 April 2010

  • Barbarians announce clash with South Africa on December 4
  • World Champions are MasterCard Trophy opponents for 2010

Springbok wing Brian Habana dives over for one of his three tries for the Barbarians against New Zealand at Twickenham in 2009

Photo: Getty Images

The Barbarians bring their star-studded side to Twickenham in December to face World Champions South Africa for the MasterCard Trophy.

The match on Saturday, December 4 will continue the traditional and high-profile rivalry between the Barbarians and Springboks.

In the most recent fixture in December 2007, also at Twickenham, the Baa-Baas defeated the recently crowned Rugby World Cup champions 22-5.

Barbarians' president Micky Steele-Bodger said: "Our teams have been locking horns in front of big crowds since 1952 and, to date, the spoils in the six encounters have been equally shared. We also toured South Africa on two occasions and the links between us continue to be strong."

The pre-Christmas event has been a popular attraction for the rugby public with the victory over the Springboks three years ago. Last December in the inaugural MasterCard Trophy match the Barbarians beat New Zealand 25-18, also at Twickenham.

In that match star Springbok wing Brian Habana bagged a thrilling hat-trick for the Barbarians but this time he will line-up in famous green of South Africa.

Andy Marinos, national teams manager of the South African Rugby Union, said: "The Barbarians fixture has become the grand finale of the European autumn series and we’re delighted to be taking part once again.

"The fixture has a character all of its own and is an opportunity for the players to demonstrate their skills against the very best international players but with different pressures to that of the Test arena.

"The Barbarians routinely produce an outstanding combination as they showed when a team featuring several Springboks beat the All Blacks last season. There’ll also be plenty of incentive for our players following our last game against them in 2007."

RFU Elite Rugby Director Rob Andrew MBE has personal experience of such encounters and expects another world class contest.  

"Having had the privilege of playing for the Barbarians and against South Africa with England I know what a great match up this will be between two quality sides.

"The Barbarians always give England a very tough game and the Baa-Baa’s superb victory against the All Blacks last year underlines the world class players they always attract and I’m sure that will be the case again when they face the World Champions on December 4."

Tickets are now on sale and details are available on the Barbarians vs South Africa event page on RFU.com.

As a special promotion, if you buy a full price adult ticket before September 15, 2010, you will receive a merchandise voucher which will entitle you to a 25% discount off merchandise at The Rugby Store outlets at Twickenham Stadium or York Street, Twickenham and online at www.rfudirect.com/barbarians