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Schalk Brits to join Barbarians against Argentina

It’s not long until the fiercely proud rivals face off at Twickenham.

The Barbarians are taking on Argentina in London at Twickenham Stadium on 1 December 2018, and this match promises to be an entertaining encounter. While bringing the autumn internationals to a close, it pits both teams against each other in a battle for the coveted Killik Cup.

It has now been confirmed that South Africa legend Schalk Brits will be part of the Barbarian squad, just six months after “retiring” from the professional game. The team will be overseen by Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus.

“I missed rugby so much I’ve changed my mind,” said Schalk Brits of his short-lived retirement. “I got a call from Rassie with reference to keep being involved until the next World Cup. After the June tests I still want to keep on playing and I’ve postponed work and my studies until after then.”

Brits has a long relationship with the Barbarians, including games against England, Ireland, the British & Irish Lions, and even South Africa. He joins the likes of Handre Pollard, Will Genia and Eben Etzebeth.

“Being part of the Barbarians was one of the best rugby experiences I’ve ever had,” Brits adds, “in terms of pure entertainment and meeting guys you normally bash week-in, week-out it’s outstanding.”

We recently caught up with a further trio of Barbarians (Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, Justin Tipuric and Finn Russell) to find out just what it means to be part of the team.


Expect a fantastic afternoon of rugby because this is only the third time the world-famous Baa-Baas have played the Pumas. At their first contest in 1990 the Barbarians won at Cardiff Arms Park by 34-22. But in their most recent clash at Twickenham in 2015, Argentina came away the victors, with a score of 49-31. As their rivalry continues brewing, everything is up for grabs in this third meeting!

The Barbarians are an invitational team, and they’ll have plenty of world-class players on show for the match including legends from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. That means you’ll see end-to-end running rugby – with lots of tries and some big tackles too. During the Baas-Baas last game at Twickenham in May, they scored nine tries as they pounded away at England for a 63-45 victory.

Argentina, who were semi-finalists at the last Rugby World Cup, also are known for having a spectacular running game and many of their players are counted among the world’s best.

No matter which team you’re cheering for, the atmosphere at Twickenham is always buzzing for The Killik Cup. You’re guaranteed to have a good time with family or friends at the home of English rugby.

With prices starting at just £20 for adults and £15 for children, Barbarians v Argentina is a great value. Plus groups of 10 or more can enjoy a 10% discount. For school groups with every 10 paid pupils, the teacher goes free.

Tickets are on sale now at – with great seats still available in each category.

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