Dave Rennie to coach Barbarians against Samoa

Date published: September 8 2021 - Planet Rugby

The Barbarians have announced that Australia head coach Dave Rennie and Wales assistant coach Jonathan Humphreys will take charge of their team against Samoa at Twickenham on November 27.

The match will be part of the Killik Cup double header which also features the Barbarians and Springboks’ Women’s sides.

Rennie and Humphreys will be reunited in a coaching capacity after their successful time together at Glasgow Warriors from 2017 to 2020.

Three experienced world class players have also been confirmed to put on the Black and White shirt again. They are: Argentina’s 74-Test back-rower and former captain Pablo Matera, who led the Pumas to a landmark first victory against the All Blacks in the 2020 Rugby Championship, the 54-Test Springbok number eight Duane Vermeulen, who missed out on the victorious series against the British and Irish Lions due to injury and finally, his fellow Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx, who has 38 Test caps.

Previous Baa-baas experience

All three have represented the Barbarians once before in matches at Twickenham. Vermeulen in 2013 against Fiji, Matera against England in 2015 and Marx more recently against Argentina in the 2018 nail-biting match that saw a last-minute drop goal seal victory for the Baa-baas.

Rennie remarked: “It’s a huge honour to be invited to coach the Barbarians later this year and it should be a great occasion at Twickenham. The Barbarians are renowned for bringing together leading players from around the world, and the challenge for coaches is moulding them quickly into a team that can play expansive entertaining rugby for the fans to enjoy.

“Humphs (Humphreys) is an excellent coach and I look forward to working with him again. We are in the process of assembling a great squad and delighted Duane, Pablo and Malcolm have all accepted to play. Further player announcements will be made in the coming weeks.”

Humphreys commented: “The Barbarians is steeped with so much history, especially in Wales with the 73 game and the Easter tours. It is special to represent the club as a player, but to now coach them is an even greater responsibility.

“I look forward to joining up with Dave and hopefully get the team to put in a special performance on the day and finish off the Autumn Internationals in style.”