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Wales to take on Barbarians

Fresh from their debut at Twickenham last weekend, the Barbarians will head to Cardiff later this year to take on Wales. 

The game on November 30, will be part of a double header with the Welsh men also taking on the Barbarians.

The Barbarians launched a women’s side back in 2017 and have had a heavy Welsh flavour in each team that has taken to the field since but this will be the first time Wales women face the famous side in black and white hoops.

Alisha Butchers, Jasmine Joyce and Elinor Snowsill played in the side’s thrilling 34-33 win over USA in April, Joyce scoring four tries and Joyce and Snowsill were again in the starting XV for the 40-14 loss to England last weekend.

Former Wales Women captain Rachel Taylor will take over as Barbarians forwards coach for this match from another Welsh great in Liza Burgess.

Wales head coach Rowland Phillips said, “Playing the Barbarians for the first time in a double header at Principality Stadium is a huge statement of intent for women’s rugby in Wales.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase our game and shows how women’s rugby is moving forward.

“We saw the quality of the Baa-baas’ side in their recent matches against USA and England and they will no doubt bring a formidable outfit to the home of Welsh rugby in November. They have a historical tradition of playing an open, entertaining brand of rugby which will produce an exciting match to watch and be part of.

“It has been a huge honour to have three current Wales players – Elinor Snowsill, Jazz Joyce and Alisha Butchers – involved in the Barbarians’ first two international games. All three made an excellent contribution to the club. It’s also great to see two Welsh coaches involved – Liza Burgess in recent matches and now Rachel Taylor. Rachel played in the Barbarians’ first match in 2017 and is cutting her teeth in coaching as Colwyn Bay head coach

Broadcast details and KO times for both matches will be announced in due course.

Tickets will go on sale to WRU member clubs and debenture holders in the following days with a public on sale date scheduled for August. Ticket prices will range from £10 to £50 for adults with £10 tickets for U16’s also available.