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27 November 2021 / The Killik Cup Double Header



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The world’s most famous rugby club

The Barbarians are steeped in history, with roots dating back to the late 1800s. Conceived by William Percy Carpmael, the idea was simple: spread good fellowship by creating a team made up of the greatest rugby football players from around the world. Thus, Barbarian F.C. was born, with neither ground nor clubhouse, and its membership was by invitation only. Over the years, 31 different nationalities have represented the Baa-Baas.

Their jersey has always been black and white, worn with dark shorts and each player’s club stockings. The logo is made up of the letters B, F and C intertwined.

The Barbarians debut matches were played in 1890 against Hartlepool Rovers, Bradford and Swinton – with the team claiming a victory over their first opponent and a draw with their second, while the game was abandoned due to frost with their third.

Barbarian F.C. typically play just a handful of matches each year – most recently taking on the likes of Argentina, Brazil, Wales, Australia, England, Tonga and South Africa. One of their all-time most memorable games was versus New Zealand in 1973 as part of an international tour. Played against the formidable All Blacks with a grinding style and fearless attitude, it included six tries and resulted in a famous 23-11 win for the Barbarians.

The Baa-Baas are also known for competing in the Killik Cup, a game where they face national teams and a Rugby Union trophy is awarded. The last edition of the Killik Cup took place in 2019 against Fiji. The thrilling match featured five tries apiece and resulted in a narrow 31-33 loss for the Barbarians, which were spearheaded by Rory Best, Mathieu Bastareaud, Makazole Mapimpi and Tendai “The Beast” Mtawarira.

In early 2021, organisers announced the invitational rugby team would next take on Samoa for the Killik Cup on Saturday 27 November 2021. The two sides are set to meet for the second time ever at London’s Twickenham Stadium. Their first clash was at London’s Olympic Park ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015.

“With our long history of playing with our trademark style of flair, courage, spirit and passion, the Barbarians love lining up against exciting international sides like Samoa and we know this fixture will be an unforgettable rugby experience,” said John Spencer, president of Barbarian F.C.

As an international club, the Baa-Baas have had many Samoan greats don the black and white shirt, with some of the most recent being Paul Williams, Tusi Pisi, Census Johnston and Kahn Fotuali’i.

“Playing the Barbarians is a wonderful opportunity for any nation,” added Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai, the CEO of Lakapi Samoa. “They come with a great tradition and reputation and provide a hallmark for fantastic running rugby.”

Australian Head Coach Dave Rennie and Wales Assistant Coach Jonathan Humphreys will take charge of the Barbarians team against Samoa, with Pablo Matera, Duane Vermeulen and Malcolm Marx all confirmed to play.

Made up of former Manu Samoa stars, Samoa’s side will include co-coaches Lemalu Tusiata Pisi, currently coaching at the Toyota Shokki in Japan, and Census Johnston, who is with Racing 92 in France. The assistant coaches are Kane Thompson and Terry Fanolua, with Niuafolau Faautu Talapusi, who has extensive experience with Lakapi Samoa and is currently residing in London, as the team manager.

In addition, organisers announced the first ever Killik Cup Double Header for 2021. After the Barbarians face Samoa this autumn, the Barbarian Women will go up against Springbok Women’s XV.

Formed in 2017, the Barbarian Women played their first match against Munster at Thomond Park and won the inaugural fixture by 19-0. Packed with experience, the 23-strong squad contained a massive 1,019 international caps between them from seven different nations.

Since then, Barbarian Women went on to defeat the Army (37-0) in Aldershot in 2018. In 2019, the team was victorious in a thriller against the USA Women Eagles (34-33) in Denver and Wales (29 -15) at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, but had chalked up their first loss that June to England (40-14) at Twickenham.

Coaches confirmed for Barbarians against Samoa:

  • Dave Rennie (Australian head coach)
  • Jonathan Humphreys (Wales assistant coach )

Plus, putting on the black and white shirt are the following players:

  • Pablo Matera (Argentine former captain)
  • Duane Vermeulen (South Africa)
  • Malcolm Marx (South Africa)


Barbarian Women to play in first Killik Cup Double Header

Barbarian Women to play in first Killik Cup Double Header

After the Barbarians face Samoa, the Barbarian Women take on Springbok Women's XV. The sides are set to meet at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 27 November 2021 – tickets are on sale now.

The Barbarians will face Samoa this autumn

The Barbarians will face Samoa this autumn

The two sides are set to meet at Twickenham Stadium for the Killik Cup on Saturday 27 November 2021. Tickets are on sale now.


Barbarian F.C. are set to face Samoa in the first Killik Cup Double Header on Saturday 27 November 2021, with kick-off at 14:30. Afterward the Barbarian Women will take on Springbok Women's XV.

The Barbarians and Barbarian Women will compete as part of the first Killik Cup Double Header against Samoa and Springbok Women's XV, respectively, this autumn at London's Twickenham Stadium.

Tickets for the first Killik Cup Double Header are on sale now.

Tickets for the Killik Cup Double Header are priced from £35 for adults and £15 for children plus fees.

Barbarians have announced that Australian Head Coach Dave Rennie and Wales Assistant Coach Jonathan Humphreys will be at the helm against Samoa on 27 November 2021. The two are being reunited after successfully working together at Glasgow Warriors from 2017 to 2020.

The following players have been confirmed for the Barbarians side at their 2021 Killik Cup match:

  • Pablo Matera
  • Duane Vermeulen
  • Malcolm Marx

Made up of players from different clubs across the globe, the Barbarians and Barbarian Women have always have a rich blend of talent. They compete in just a few matches each year where camaraderie runs high and fans are treated to some big hits, gritty play and thrilling day of sport.