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Barbarians to take on South Africa at Wembley in 2016

THE Barbarians will return to Wembley Stadium connected by EE next year when they take on South Africa for the first time since 2010.

Tickets are now on sale for the famous invitation side’s meeting with the Springboks, taking place at the iconic stadium on Saturday, November 5 (3pm).

It is the Barbarians' first appearance at Wembley since the Olympic Centenary match against Australia in 2008 and they will be taking on the Springboks for the eighth time since 1952.

Australia’s Drew Mitchell scored two tries for the Barbarians in a 26-20 win at Twickenham the last time they met in 2010.

A stellar cast has appeared in previous fixtures with the likes of Christian Cullen, Brian O’Driscoll, Lawrence Dallaglio, Matt Giteau and Jason Robinson all lining up against the Springboks since the turn of the century.

And the Barbarians will again bring together the world’s leading players to build on the success of their matches against Samoa and Argentina at the Olympic Stadium and Twickenham this season.

“Our links with South Africa date back to the first match in 1952 and playing them at Wembley will be another exciting chapter in the story,” said Barbarians President Micky Steele-Bodger.

“Many of the greatest Springboks players have represented the club with great skill and it should be a marvellous contest in the best traditions of the game. I am sure supporters of both sides will enjoy a thrilling game next November."

SARU CEO Jurie Roux said: “The rivalry between the Boks and the Baabaas goes back many years and has provided many historic occasions.

“To play them at Wembley next year for the first time will add a new chapter – this was the venue for the biggest attendance at the recent Rugby World Cup in England, when close to 90,000 packed the stadium to see Ireland take on Romania.

“It will provide the Springboks will an ideal start to their European tour.”

Barbarians v South Africa tickets are available from ticketmaster.co.uk Click
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You can make it an even more memorable day with a hospitality package from Club Wembley, for more info click here email hospitality@wembleystadium.com or call 0800 783 1440.

Barbarians v South Africa record
1952 Barbarians 3 South Africa 17
1961 Barbarians 6 South Africa 0
1970 Barbarians 12 South Africa 21
1994 Barbarians 23 South Africa 15
2000 Barbarians 31 South Africa 41
2007 Barbarians 22 South Africa 5
2010 Barbarians 26 South Africa 20