Huboo Match Preview: Barbarians F.C.

18 November 2022

An epic occasion awaits The Rec faithful as Bath Rugby are set to welcome Barbarians F.C. into its home. 

Fielding a full strength team with returning internationals, Johann van Graan is looking to take on the iconic side with as much execution as he'd give to a league match. 

Off the back of a triumphant win against Premiership champions Leicester Tigers, momentum is building very nicely within the group. 

Few players can say they've played both for and against the Barbarians, and hooker Niall Annett will become part of the elite club when he comes off the bench on Sunday. 

Speaking of the historic occasion, here's what Niall has to say ahead of the Barbarians arrival. 

"I'm very excited to get out there. It's a very prestigious club and one that means a lot to world rugby. 

"It's something that, having played in it, is one of the highlights of my career and I'm sure everyone is very excited to see the BaaBaas at The Rec.

"We're three wins from three and we're here to win games of rugby. We've made some good progress but we've still got lots to improve and I think three games is a good stepping stone for us to continuing winning. 

"We're taking this game very seriously and keeping the momentum going is key for us to be able to push on this season." 

match details - Bath Rugby v Barbarians f.c. 

When: Sunday 20 November, 14:00
Where: The Rec
Coverage: Live Stream sponsored by Pol Roger, BBC Radio Bristol
Referee: Andrew Jackson
Assistant Referees: Ryan Collier & Peter Brunt


Barbarians profile 

Formed: 1890
Stadium: The world 
Head Coach: Scott Robertson
Last win: Harlequins 


After taking a break from All Blacks international duty to play rugby in Japan, McKenzie has returned to Super Rugby side Chiefs. Although not present in the current All Blacks team touring the northern hemisphere, there is no reason to doubt the versatile fly-half/fullback's game changing pace and pin-point kicking accuracy. Bath will look to close down McKenzie's threat, no matter which position he plays. 

try rewind 

In a try that would go on to be voted Try of the Year in 2014, Francois Hougaard finished off a beautifully worked team try as the Springboks took on the All Blacks at Ellis Park in the Rugby Championship. The Boks would ultimately go on to hand New Zealand their first loss since 2012. Hougaard, who has spent his recent years playing in the Gallagher Premiership, will be looking to provide his South African attacking intent as he takes on the Blue, Black and White. 

tickets: join us at the rec

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