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Hansen and Barbarians all set for Fiji clash

27 November 2013

  • Barbarians to face Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday (November 30)
  • Match will commemorate centenary season of the Fiji Rugby Union 

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New Zealand coach Steve Hansen will take charge of a 23-man Barbarians squad for the Killik Cup match against Fiji at Twickenham this Saturday (November 30).

The squad features Springboks captain Jean de Villiers and seven other members of his national side that have beaten Wales and Scotland on their current tour, together with eight of the all-conquering All Blacks squad.

Completing the line-up are five Pumas, Samoan centre Gavin Williams and, set to make his fourth appearance for the Barbarians, the legendary Springbok flanker Schalk Burger.

The match celebrates the centenary season of the Fiji Rugby Union and is a rematch of the famous game in 1970, when the Fijians defeated the Baa-Baas by 29-9.

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer, Manasa Baravilala, said: “The year 2013 marks the centenary of the game in our country and we are honoured to be invited to celebrate this landmark with another game against the famous Barbarians.

“Our great victory 40-odd years ago was a major stepping stone in enhancing Fiji's profile. Now we can again showcase the best of Fijian rugby and there can be no better stage than a fixture against the Barbarians at Twickenham.”

Barbarians chairman John Spencer was a member of the club's XV in 1970 and he admits that the occasion still brings back mixed memories.

He said: “I suppose you could say that we were favourites to win the match but in the event we were overwhelmed by Fiji's relentless attacking.

“If I remember rightly, we were level at half-time but Fiji finished with seven tries! All we could do at the end was congratulate them on a phenomenal performance.”

Limited tickets are still available, from £25 to £40 for adults and £10 for kids, at www.ticketmaster.co.uk (booking fees apply).

 

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