A reminder that Match Tickets are still available for the Barbarians vs Ireland tour match at Kingsholm, Gloucester on Tuesday 29th May 2012 (kick off 7.45 pm).
It’s not the first time, of course, that the Barbarians have played Ireland at Kingsholm. The two teams faced each other back in May 2008 in a fixture which, following the construction of the new South Stand at the home of Gloucester Rugby , launched Kingsholm as a credible venue to host high profile international matches.
Ireland emerged victorious on that occasion, (30-14) after a thriller , but a ‘sure to be star studded’ Barbarians side will be looking to gain some measure of revenge come May 29th .
Barbarians commercial manager Mike Burton said the coming year is a pivotal time for the famous outfit.
He explained: “This particular summer tour kicks off a very big 12 months for the Barbarians, culminating in a ground-breaking match against the British and Irish Lions in Hong Kong on June 1 2013.
“But first we have to deliver the goods in front of my old friends at Kingsholm, and it should be quite an occasion.”
Since that 2008 clash, Barbarians did gain a measure of revenge at Thomond Park so in fact Ireland will also be keen to avenge that too.
Last year the Barbarians defeated both England and Wales, and they are keen to extend their recent strong record.
Former England captain Mike Tindall and his Gloucester team-mate and Fijian flanker Akupusi Qera are the latest additions to the touring party . They will both be making their Barbarians’ debuts in a squad coached by John Kirwan, the former coach of the national teams of Italy and Japan.
The legendary New Zealand wing, who scored 67 tries in 96 games for the All Blacks,said :
“As a boy I got up in the early hours of the morning to watch the All Blacks against the Barbarians when Gareth Edwards scored that awesome try in 1973. It inspired me to want to be the best and it was my dream as a player to be a Barbarian. So the honour of being invited to coach them will be one I will remember forever.
“The Barbarians are putting together a very strong squad and our goal on this great tour against England, Ireland and Wales will be to inspire young people to play with flair, ability and passion.”
The 2012 summer tour kicks-off with the annual fixture against England at Twickenham on Sunday 27 May and continues with the match against Ireland at Kingsholm, Gloucester two days later. It concludes with a return to the Millennium Stadium for the game against Wales on Saturday 2 June.
Barbarians’ secretary Alan Evans said, “The Barbarians defeated England, Ireland and Wales in their most recent encounters against them and we are very conscious that each of them will be keen to gain revenge this summer. With that in mind, we are in the early stages of assembling a very strong squad to meet the challenges ahead.
“Shane Williams will be making what will be his final representative appearance for us against Wales and also in the squad will be another Welsh record-breaker, Stephen Jones. The match at Twickenham will be an opportunity to field Lewis Moody and Ian Balshaw against England, and from further afield we have recruited Joe Rokocoko and Cedric Heymans.”
Barbarians Summer Tour 2012:
Sunday 27 May v England at Twickenham (2.30pm)
Tuesday 29 May v Ireland at Gloucester (7.45pm)
Saturday 2 June v Wales at Millennium Stadium (2.30pm)
A great opportunity for Irish fans in UK but especially those in Wales and the West of England to come and see Ireland in action and undoubtedly, as last time, a number of fans will travel from Ireland also to support the men in Green.
Tickets are available online at http://www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk/ticket_gateway.php and by calling the Gloucester ticket office on 0871 871 8781 option 2. Tickets are also available from Ticketmaster
Ticket prices are as follows:
Silver: Adult £36, Concession £28 & Junior £10.
Bronze and JS Stand: Adult £26, Concession £21 & Junior £10.
Shed: Adult £21, Concession £17 and Junior £5.
West Terrace: Adult £15, Concession £12 and Junior £5.