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Barbarians heading to Northampton for historic match in November

Northampton Saints are delighted to announce that Barbarian F.C., the most famous invitational rugby side in the world, are heading to cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens in November for an unmissable exhibition match.

The men in Black, Green and Gold will face the BaaBaas – a team famed since their inception over 130 years ago for their focus on flair and entertainment – on Saturday 26 November (kick-off: 3pm).

The fixture replaces the Saints’ previously-scheduled Gallagher Premiership match against Worcester Warriors, with all Season Tickets and seasonal hospitality valid for the game. Match tickets are available to purchase HERE* and start from just £18 for adults while all under-18s tickets are capped at £5.

While they have faced East Midlands sides at Franklin’s Gardens throughout their history, this will be the very first time the Barbarians have locked horns with Northampton Saints, and the Club’s Chief Executive Mark Darbon believes this historic occasion will be a must-watch for rugby fans across Northampton and beyond.

“The Barbarians are rugby’s version of the Harlem Globetrotters, wowing their crowds whenever they play, so we are absolutely thrilled to confirm this historic fixture for next month,” he said.

“Worcester Warriors’ suspension from the Gallagher Premiership leaves a significant hole in our financial forecast, so the Club has acted swiftly to arrange another top-class game of rugby for this date, and we’re delighted with the outcome.”

Mark Darbon, Northampton Saints Chief Executive

“I’m sure all our supporters will agree that watching the BaaBaas in Northampton is an incredible opportunity, and we are grateful to everyone at Barbarian F.C. for their support in organising the match at short notice. We’re looking forward to playing our part in creating a fantastic spectacle at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens.”

A pantheon of Saints legends have previously excelled in the famous Black and White Barbarian F.C. jersey, such as Edgar Mobbs, Freddie Blakiston, Ron Jacobs, Dickie Jeeps, Jeff Butterfield, Eric Coley, Ray Longland, Pat Lam, Ben Cohen, Carlos Spencer and more recently Tom Wood, Cobus Reinach, Samu Manoa, Kahn Fotuali’I, Ahsee Tuala and Taqele Naiyaravoro – a reflection both of those players’ skilful performances for club and country, and also the spirit in which they played the game.

For this match against Northampton, the BaaBaas are hoping to field a side packed with some of the game’s brightest talent alongside a number of former Saints and Gallagher Premiership stars.

With the kick-off set for 3pm, the England vs South Africa Autumn Nations Series test match will also be available to watch around the ground from 5.30pm onwards.

Barbarian F.C. President, John Spencer, added: “This will be our first visit to Franklin’s Gardens since 2007, but the first time we have ever faced Saints on the pitch, which is incredibly exciting for everyone at the Barbarians. It is indeed a privilege to be invited to face the Black, Green and Gold.

“We’re just beginning the process of assembling a squad for the game, and we’re confident of bringing a group that can dazzle a Northampton crowd with our world-famous BaaBaas skill, flair and passion come November 26.”

All seasonal hospitality packages will be valid for Northampton Saints vs Barbarian FC. To purchase hospitality packages specifically for this match, please CLICK HERE or contact [email protected] to make an enquiry.

* All ticket prices are subject to a £1.50 booking fee. Prices will rise after the Early Bird booking window closes at 23:59 on Friday 11 October, 2022.

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