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“Barbarians are Back” – Legendary Side set for Reunion with Harlequins

Harlequins have announced that the legendary Barbarians are set for a return to the Twickenham Stoop, in a rematch of their thrilling encounter from last November.

Alun Wyn Jones, Captain of Barbarians takes the final conversion during the The Killik Cup Match between Barbarians and World XV at Twickenham Stadium on 28 May 2023. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Last season, the Barbarians took the fight to the Premiership’s entertainers, in a chaotic match that saw 101 points scored all together. The 72-28 saw Harlequins triumph in emphatic style over the Baa-Baas, with the exhibition match providing many memorable highlights.

England prop Joe Marler took centre stage in the inaugural clash, as he ran in a phenomenal counter-attacking try, and also slotted a drop goal for the conversion. Harlequins Chief Executive Officer Laurie Dalrymple, said to the official Harlequins club website:

“We’re delighted to welcome the Baabaas back to The Stoop. The match last season had absolutely everything, plenty of tries, some outstanding displays of skill and even a drop-kick conversion from Joe Marler! I know how much the Quins faithful enjoyed the occasion and we’re even more excited to see everyone pack The Stoop for a bumper afternoon of rugby.

“The Baabaas typically play a similar game style to Quins, we both love to attack, play with speed and score plenty of tries. It will be a great challenge for our squad and the perfect opportunity to ensure we start our Gallagher Premiership season the following week in strong form.”

After leading the Barbarians to a triumphant 48-42 victory over the World XV at Twickenham, Eddie Jones stepped away from the Head Coach role and joined back up with his Wallabies ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. The competition will be well underway when the Barbarians head to the Stoop, with an experienced Australian coaching team taking the reigns of the black and white stripes.

Head Coach Jason Gilmore (New South Wales Waratah’s Defence Coach) will be joined by Laurie Fisher (ACT Brumbies Forwards Coach), Nathan Grey (Australia U20 Coach and former Wallabies player) and Berrick Barnes (Australia Assistant Coach and former Wallabies player).

Speaking of his excitement, Head Coach Jason Gilmore added: “To coach the Barbarians on a UK tour is an exciting challenge and I can’t wait to experience all the traditions that make it such an incredible opportunity. To be involved in a game between two great Club’s with such rich history will make for great viewing. We look forward to returning to The Stoop and bringing the Barbarians style of play with us.”