Barbarians Announce Historic Double-Header This Summer
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The Barbarians have announced an historic double-header against England this summer that will see both the men and women go head-to-head at Twickenham.
It’s the first time the Baa Baas women’s team will play in Twickenham following their inaugural match at Thomond Park against Munster back in November 2017. The women’s game kick-off at 12.45pm on June 2nd, with the men to follow at 3.30pm.
Former Northampton Saints coach Jim Mallinder will take charge of England on the day against a Barbarians side who have won their last two games, famously defeating England thanks to Chris Ashton hat-trick last summer, before defeating Argentina back in December.
“I’m really excited to be head coach of this England team,” Mallinder said
“It’s an important fixture because any time you put the England shirt on you are representing your country and that is a huge honour. Eddie will have his eyes on a certain group, but this will be an opportunity for some players who are just outside of selection to show how talented they are.
“The unpredictability of the Barbarians makes it such an exciting fixture for supporters. As we have seen over the past few years they always bring a strong star-studded side and have an adventurous style of playing so we are going to have to be at our very best and are looking forward to the challenge.
“This isn’t just an opportunity for the players, but also for three coaches to experience coaching international rugby and I’m looking forward to working with them for this fixture.”
England head coach Eddie Jones added:
“Our matches against the Barbarians have always been exciting fixtures to be involved with and a good way to finish the season on a high in front of a Twickenham crowd.
“This match will see some exciting talent be given the opportunity to play against a Barbarians side who will no doubt be full of top-quality internationals. I look forward to working with Jim Mallinder in helping prepare the side for this match.”