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Legendary Barbarians to clash with Fiji at Kingspan

By Michael Sadlier

International rugby with high entertainment at its core is on its way to the Kingspan Stadium this autumn when the Barbarians take on Fiji on Friday, November 11 (7.30pm).

This major coup for Ulster Rugby is sure to be a feast of attacking and enterprising play and looks likely to bring up the full-house sign at the Kingspan with the Baa-Baas intending to put out a side with star names not involved in November's main autumn internationals.

The clash, with the similarly attacking minded south sea islanders, forms part of the Baa-Baas own tour which will have already taken in a game against South Africa at Wembley six days prior to the Kingspan fixture.

The Baa-Baas will be coached by former Australia coach Robbie Deans and ex-England and Lions player Will Greenwood.

The visit is long overdue as this will be the first time the Baa-Baas have played in Belfast since 1957 when the tourists took on and defeated an Ulster Invitation side 14-11 at Ravenhill.

Fiji are also likely to contain high profile names, including the likes of former Ulster player Timoci Nagusa and Super Rugby star Nemani Nadolo.

Ulster Rugby Chief Executive Shane Logan said: "Ulster Rugby is delighted to be hosting such a high profile international game, which will provide an opportunity for local supporters to see some of the world's best players."

Baa-Baas coach Deans added: "We both have great traditions of playing entertaining rugby. We'll endeavour to approach this game in the same competitive spirit."

Tickets will be priced from £20 for adults and £12 for juniors and will be on general sale from May 9. Ulster Rugby season ticket holders will receive discounted tickets during an early bird booking period from tomorrow.

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