In the only Autumn International of 2019 to be played at Twickenham, the Barbarians will contest Fiji for the Killik Cup just two weeks after the 2019 Rugby World Cup final, presenting UK fans in the grip of rugby fever with a golden opportunity to experience top-class international action at the home of English Rugby.
The Barbarians, affectionately known as the world’s most famous rugby club, are renowned for their attacking flair and entertaining style and will meet a Fiji Airways Flying Fijian team also synonymous with fast-paced, thrilling rugby.
Across their 129-year history, the Barbarians shirt has been worn by more than 5,000 players from over 30 different nations, including sporting legends such as Jonah Lomu, Brian O’Driscoll, Bryan Habana and England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup winning captain, Martin Johnson.
Fans can expect to see a number of this year’s Rugby World Cup stars pulling on the famous black and white shirt to play a Fiji team containing some of the most skilled players in the game.
The last time the two teams met at Twickenham, in November 2013, more than 68,000 fans were treated to a mouth-watering spectacle of running rugby, with the Barbarians stealing the show in an electric 43-19 win.
This year’s fixture is not to be missed, with a bumper crowd expected to fill Twickenham again for their first taste of post-Rugby World Cup action.
Legendary former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll, who played for the Barbarians on three occasions, commented, “To be invited to play for the club is special. Flair, courage, spirit and passion spring to mind. The shirt has been worn by some of the greatest players who have played the game.
“It’s about enjoying the camaraderie of the game and playing attacking, adventurous rugby, without the pressure of having to win.”
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach, John McKee, commented, “We are honoured to be invited to play the Barbarians at Twickenham, six years since our last encounter in 2013.
“The team always looks forward to playing at one of the most prestigious stadiums in the world and especially against a club steeped in so much history.
“The Baa-Baas style is somewhat similar to the Flying Fijians and the way we love to play. Fans can expect an exhilarating and fast-flowing match on the day.”