The Barbarians have today announced that England head coach Eddie Jones will coach the team when they return to Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 16th November to face Fiji.
The game will be the first international rugby match to be staged in the UK following the 2019 Rugby World Cup, in which Jones will be hoping to lead England to their first global triumph since 2003.
Jones will lead the Barbarians in the only Autumn International of 2019 to be played at Twickenham, as the Baa-Baas take on Fiji for the Killik Cup just two weeks after the 2019 Rugby World Cup final, presenting fans in the grip of rugby fever with a golden opportunity to watch some of the stars of the tournament in top-class international action at the home of English Rugby.
Jones is named Barbarians head coach for the first time, having worked with some of the world’s best players across an incredible 25-year career which has seen him take Australia to the 2003 Rugby World Cup final; play a crucial role in securing the 2007 Rugby World Cup as part of Jake White’s coaching staff; and coach England to their first Six Nations Grand Slam title for 13 years in 2016.
Jones also worked alongside Jake White as assistant coach for the Barbarians when they played Australia in 2008 in the first rugby match to be held at the new Wembley Stadium.
The Australian will be hoping for further World Cup success in Japan this year, before returning to Twickenham with a Barbarians team affectionately known as the world’s most famous rugby club.
Fans can expect to see Jones lead a team containing a number of this year’s Rugby World Cup stars, as they pull on the famous black and white shirt to play a Fiji side with some of the most skilled players in the game.
The last time the two teams met at Twickenham, in November 2013, more than 68,000 fans were treated to a mouth-watering spectacle of running rugby, with the Barbarians stealing the show in an electric 43-19 win.
This year’s fixture is not to be missed, with a bumper crowd expected to fill Twickenham again for their first taste of post-Rugby World Cup action.
Eddie Jones commented: “It’s a huge honour to be invited to coach the Barbarians. The club perfectly embodies the values and traditions of the sport and fans can expect to see an exciting match between two sides who like to play end-to-end running rugby.
“2019 is a massive year for international rugby and I’m looking forward to returning to Twickenham after a successful World Cup campaign to coach a Barbarians team containing some of the stars of the tournament.”