Rugby fans will have the rare opportunity to watch the most famous invitational club in the world face an All Blacks XV on Sunday 13 November 2022 in the world-class setting of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – the first-ever international rugby union match to be played there.
The two famous sides will compete for The Killik Cup, with tickets going on sale to the public on Tuesday 5 July at 10:00AM via Ticketmaster. It is the next opportunity to see the Barbarians in action following a successful summer with emphatic back-to-back wins over England and Spain.
Players from across the world will come together in the week leading up to the fixture to unite international playing styles into one formidable Barbarians squad.
The Barbarians and New Zealand have quite a history, with this match coming within months of the 50th anniversary of arguably the most famous match in the life of the Club – that of January 1973, which saw the late Phil Bennett pull off an incredible run to set up Gareth Edwards’ famous try during a 23-11 win over the All Blacks.
In the Barbarians’ recent match against England at Twickenham – which the visitors won 21-52 – the squad formed a 10 on the pitch during a moment’s applause in recognition of “Benny”, often considered the ultimate Barbarian.
All Blacks superstars such as Zinzan Brooke, Christian Cullen, Jonah Lomu, Justin Marshall, Carlos Spencer, Joe Rokocoko, Richie McCaw, Ma’a Nonu, Jerome Kaino, Sonny Bill Williams, Charles Piutau, Steven Luatua, Richie Mo’unga, TJ Perenara, to name but a few, have pulled on the famous Black and White to play for the invitational side. The Barbarians have played the All Blacks 12 times, with eight wins to New Zealand, two famous wins for the Barbarians and one match resulting in a draw. The latest chapter in the storied rivalry will mark an historic first match between the Barbarians and the All Blacks XV.Embed from Getty Images
John Spencer, President of Barbarian F.C., said: “We are absolutely thrilled to announce we will face the All Blacks XV this autumn in The Killik Cup. It is a fixture with a great sense of history – not just as the setting of that incredible try in 1973, but also on ten other sparkling occasions producing champagne rugby between two teams of global stars.
“Playing at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will also give our spectators a truly exceptional experience. While this state-of-the-art stadium has hosted club rugby matches including the Premiership’s Saracens against Bristol Bears in the past, this is the first time it will play host to an international rugby fixture.
“The Barbarians are no strangers to playing historic matches at newly opened stadiums. In 2008 we faced Australia at the new Wembley Stadium and in the build-up to Rugby World Cup 2015 we played Samoa at the Olympic Stadium – now the London Stadium – in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
“We will soon be announcing the next Barbarians’ Head Coach and all-star group of players who will put on a show of flair, passion, courage and spirit at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this November. We look forward to seeing you there.”
New Zealand Rugby (NZR) General Manager, Professional Rugby and Performance, Chris Lendrum said the All Blacks XV was a positive development for players and fans in New Zealand and around the world.
“This will be a high-performance team which will be representing New Zealand overseas and is a hugely exciting opportunity for our players and coaches. We believe the environment and schedule will help develop our next tier of talent. Importantly it will expose players to different playing styles, structures and systems, which can only benefit the development of our players and coaches.
“For our future professional players, it will provide an aspirational goal, and for current players it is a chance to prove themselves on the international stage and push their case for All Blacks selection, or in some cases for a recall.”
Killik & Co are delighted to be the match sponsor for the Barbarians annual Autumn International once again, marking over a decade of The Killik Cup.
Paul Killik, Senior Executive Officer of Killik & Co, said: “Our long-standing partnership with the Barbarians is one of shared values – courage, passion and spirit. This year we look forward to welcoming the All Blacks XV to the event for a true showcase of talent at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. It will no doubt be a memorable day for all.”
Todd Kline, Chief Commercial Officer at Tottenham Hotspur, said: “Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is honoured to welcome Barbarian F.C. and the New Zealand All Blacks XV, along with their global fan bases, to our world-class facility for our first ever international rugby match. A true global entertainment destination, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is excited to bring the very best of Rugby to North London. The match will once again showcase the stadium’s ability to take the hosting of world-class sporting events to the next level.”
General admission match tickets and hospitality will be available from Tuesday 5 July at 10:00AM.
Tickets are available from £40 for adults and £25 for children*. Visit www.ticketmaster.co.uk/barbarians to get your tickets now.
For all hospitality premium packages, go to www.thfc.com for more information.
(* Booking Fees Apply)