The Barbarians will be back in action later this year when they face Samoa at Twickenham for the Killik Cup on Saturday, November 27.
It will be just the second time the teams have met, the first being at London’s Olympic Park ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015, which marked the first-ever rugby match at the venue.
The last edition of the Killik Cup took place in 2019, when Fiji edged a narrow 33-31 victory over the famous Black and White with five tries apiece in a thrilling spectacle in front of a 50,000-strong crowd. Rugby legends including Rory Best, Tendai Mtawarira, Mathieu Bastareaud and Makazole Mapimpi turned out in style for the international side.
Unforgettable rugby experience
John Spencer, President of Barbarian F.C. said: “We are very happy to announce our 2021 Killik Cup fixture this November and look forward to welcoming Samoa to Twickenham for what will no doubt be a wonderful match.”
Spencer added: “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.
“The Barbarians are also looking forward to welcoming back fans back to HQ for the 2021 Killik Cup, for what always promises to be an electric and unmissable game of international rugby.”
Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai, CEO of Lakapi Samoa, said: “Playing the Barbarians is a wonderful opportunity for any nation. They come with a great tradition and reputation and provide a hallmark for fantastic running rugby.”
“Lakapi Samoa is grateful for the chance to play against such a prestigious team and at such an iconic rugby venue as Twickenham. Matches like these are invaluable to Samoan rugby, alongside World Rugby’s continued support to our game with the recent announcement of a Samoan Super Rugby team.”
It's our first meeting for 6 years when we last played each other prior to RWC 2015.
— Barbarian FC (@Barbarian_FC) April 12, 2021
As an international club, the Barbarians have had many Samoan legends representing the famous Black and White shirt, amongst them Pat Lam, Daniel Leo, Trevor Leota, Brian Lima, Semo Sititi and more recently Paul Williams, Census Johnston, Tusi Pisi and Kahn Fotuali’i.
The Manu Samoa head coach, former London Irish centre Vaovasamanaia Seilala Mapusua, who also played twice for the Barbarians, said: “Playing for the Barbarians was one of the highlights of my career. Their style of rugby gives you the freedom to simply go out and express yourself on the field alongside numerous international superstars of the game.
“So, it is not only a great honour to play for the Barbarians, but a great privilege for the Manu Samoa to play against them too. Fixtures such as these play an important role in the development of players on the international stage and provide fantastic building blocks for Samoa in the run up to Rugby World Cup 2023 in France. The flair of the Barbarians will certainly test our attack and defensive systems and we look forward to entertaining the rugby fans at Twickenham too.”