Harlequins confirm replacement fixture following cancellation - Ruck

Harlequins confirm replacement fixture following cancellation

Harlequins have announced that the famous invitational side Barbarian F.C. will travel to Twickenham next month to face a full-strength Harlequins team.

Following disruption to the 2022/23 Gallagher Premiership fixtures and loss of match days, Harlequins have confirmed they will host the iconic BaaBaas on Thursday, November 17. Kicking off at 19:45 under the ‘Thursday Night Lights’ at the Twickenham Stoop, this will be the first time the teams have ever met.

Two of the most entertaining sides in world rugby will come blow to blow in what is set to be a thrilling encounter in South West London, with both sides famed for their attacking brands of rugby.

Harlequins Head Coach Tabai Matson said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome the Baabaas to The Stoop. I think if you talk about the great entertainers of the sport, the Barbarians are right at the top end of that list. First of all, it’s a huge privilege for the Club to be able to host such a prestigious side, but it’s also a fantastic challenge for us as a team.

“We will be going at this with a strong Harlequins team on a weekend that also sees our current Premiership Cup squad travel to Sale. We know that they are bringing an incredibly strong team too and so this promises to be an outstanding match and a real test for our players.

“I’m sure this will be an enthralling encounter and hope the Stoop faithful enjoy a bumper evening under the Thursday Night Lights.”

Barbarians Head Coach Scott Robertson said: “We are thrilled to be bringing the Barbarians to The Stoop. We are building a very strong side and are looking forward to announcing some star names in the coming days. We will showcase the Barbarians’ signature style of flair and passion in what will be an electrifying match against an exciting Harlequins team. It promises to be a very special evening.”

Luther Burrell and Tom Wood are set to be included in the Baa-baa’s squad to face Saints, sparking rumour that Mike Brown could end his career with a game against Harlequins, where he has a bar named after him.

Unattached players who previously played for Worcester and Wasps before both clubs went into administration could also be involved for the Barbarians.

Mike Brown of Harlequins celebrates with the trophy on his final day as a Harlequin during the Gallagher Premiership Cup Final between Exeter Chiefs and Harlequins at Twickenham Stadium June 26, 2021 in London, England (Photo by Tom Sandberg/PPAUK