Saturday 4th December 2010 KO 2.30pm
The Barbarians take on world champions South Africa at Twickenham on
Saturday 4 December for the MasterCard Trophy.
The Baa-Baas are assembling a team full of the top names in world rugby for the clash versus the Boks. Included among those who have accepted invitations are...
Wales legend Martyn Williams, Aussie stars James O’Connor, Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell, and among the All Blacks’ contingent is Chris Jack, Rodney So’oialo and Joe Rokocoko.
Players confirmed to date:
BACKS: James O'Connor (Aus), Joe Rokocoko (NZ), Drew Mitchell (Aus),Berrick Barnes (Aus), Adam Ashley-Cooper (Aus), Ma'a Nonu (NZ), Matt Giteau (Aus), Will Genia (Aus)
FORWARDS: Keven Mealamu (NZ), Stephen Moore (Aus), John Hayes (Ire), Salvatore Perugini (Ita), Neemia Tialata (NZ), Chris Jack (NZ), Tom Donnelly (NZ), Quintin Geldenhuys (Ita), Martyn Williams (Wal), Rodney So'oialo (NZ), Colin Bourke (Chiefs), Daniel Braid (NZ)
Coach: Nick Mallett Asst Coach: Alan Solomons
Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster. Prices from £35 to £65 for adults, £17.50 to £32.50 for juniors (U-16), with special family tickets available.
Over the phone by calling the Ticketmaster on:
0844 847 2492
Online via the Ticketmaster website:
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ABOUT THE BARBARIANS
Many years ago, a group of players were chosen to form an elite team. They had no ground, clubhouse or subscription and membership was by invitation only. In essence, they represented a glorious concept brought to life by the vision and enthusiam of one man, William Percy Carpmael. Inspired by his personal playing experiences with both Blackheath and Cambridge University, his dream was to spread good fellowship amongst all rugby football players.The dream became reality on December 27th 1890 at Friary Field, Hartlepool. There, all things great about the game - flair, courage, spirit and passion - were encapsulated in one great team. A team they called the Barbarians.
WP Carpmael conceived his brilliant idea late one evening in 1890 in Leuchters Restaurant, Bradford, at a time when practically every club ceased playing in early March.There were no tours and players just "packed up" until the following season, but his scheme for collecting a touring side from all sources; to tackle a few leading clubs in the land, instantly received support from the best, and today this support is as strong as ever.
Carpmael's great idea that the Barbarian Club should be absolutely cosmopolitan with the aim of spreading good-fellowship amongst all rugby football players has been rigidly adhered to by those who have followed him in the management of the club. Membership is by invitation and the only qualifications considered when issuing an invitation are; that the player's football is of a good enough standard and secondly that he should behave himself on and off the field. There is no discrimination whatsoever by race, colour or creed.