Eddie Jones turns to Wallabies stars as he gears up to lead Barbarians against star-studded World XI for his return to Twickenham after being sacked by England
- Eddie Jones will coach the Barbarians against a World XI on May 28
- It marks his return to Twickenham for the first time since he was sacked in 2022
- Wallabies star Quade Cooper and Samu Kerevi will feature for the Barbarians
Former England and now Australia head coach Eddie Jones has called on two of his big-name Wallabies to play for the Barbarians against a World XV at Twickenham on May 28.
Maverick playmaker Quade Cooper and powerhouse centre Samu Kerevi will both pull on the famous black and white shirt a week on Sunday.
Jones will return to the home of English rugby for the first time since being sacked as national head coach for a match will see him go head-to-head with two-time World Cup winner Steve Hansen.
Former New Zealand head coach Hansen is in charge of the World XV. Both men have assembled all-star teams for the mouth-watering match with Cooper and Kerevi the latest additions for the Barbarians.
The pair are likely to be key men for Australia under Jones in this summer’s shortened Rugby Championship and at the World Cup in France later this year.
Eddie Jones will coach the Barbarians against a World XI at Twickenham on May 28
Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper (left) and powerhouse centre Samu Kerevi (right) have both been called up into the Barbarians squad by Jones
Cooper and Kerevi are players Jones knows well.
Indeed, Jones has worked closely with Kerevi at Japanese side Suntory Sungoliath where he has long held a consultancy role.
Wales trio Alun Wyn Jones, Rhys Webb and Taulupe Faletau will also be in the Barbarians side alongside England prop Joe Marler and former All Black Steven Luatua.
Israel Folau, Charles Piutau, Ngani Laumape, Nick Phipps, Marika Koroibete, Semi Radradra, Api Ratuniyarawa, Simone Ferrari, Lorenzo Cannone, Rhys Patchell, Adam Hastings, Elliot Dee, Bill Mata and Fraser Brown are all part of a glittering World XV side.
The match is set to whet the appetite for rugby fans ahead of the World Cup later this year with a large number of superstars on show.
‘It’s an incredible honour to be asked to coach the Barbarians for a second time,’ said Jones.
‘The club showed during the autumn the values and traditions which make the Barbarians so special are still very much alive.
‘Fans can expect to see two top-quality teams, packed full of international players, going all out to catch the eye ahead of the World Cup.
Harlequins prop Joe Marler (pictured here with Jones during the Australian’s spell in charge of England) has also been included in the Barbarians squad
Wales duo Alun Wyn Jones (left) and Taulupe Faletau (right) will also be in the Barbarians side along with teammate Rhys Webb and former All Black Steven Luatua
‘I am very much looking forward to returning to Twickenham – a venue I have so many fond memories of – as head coach of the Barbarians and I’m more motivated than ever to put on a show.
‘Going up against Steve rekindles a great rivalry which first started in our days competing in Super Rugby and progressed into the international arena.
‘It’ll be a great challenge and one I’m sure we’re both relishing.’
General admission tickets for the blockbuster Barbarian F.C. vs World XV clash are on sale now from www.ticketmaster.co.uk/barbarians at the early-bird price of just £25* for Adults and £15* for Under-16s.
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