🏉 Stand by for free-flowing attacking rugby at its best as Barbarians take on an All Blacks XV in the Killik Cup at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Tickets are on sale here.
The Killik Cup is an annual event which has taken place since 2011, bringing together some of the world’s greatest rugby players for a match unlike any other. And this afternoon’s 2022 edition gives rugby fans a rare opportunity to watch the most famous invitational club in the world face an All Blacks XV in the world-class setting of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
The match is the latest opportunity to see the Barbarians in action following their successful summer which included emphatic back-to-back wins over England and Spain. Players from across the world will come together this week in the lead up to the fixture to unite international playing styles into one formidable Barbarians squad.
The Barbarians and New Zealand have quite a history, with today’s 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 a historic first match between the Barbarians and the All Blacks XV.
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.
“We will soon be announcing the next Barbarians’ Head Coach and an 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.”
🏉 Kick-off is at 2pm.
🎟️ Tickets in advance for the Killik Cup are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.
🎟️ Tickets on the day subject to availability. Checking the Barbarians Twitter feed before travelling is recommended.
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