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'Terrific honour' as Rassie named Barbarians coach

18 Sep 2018, 22:37 GMT+10

Cape Town - SA Rugby Director of Rugby and Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus will take charge of the Barbarians for the first time when the famous club returns to action this season.

Just days after the Springboks recorded a first win in New Zealand in nine years when they beat the All Blacks 36-34 in Wellington, Erasmus has a confirmed date with the Barbarians when they take on Argentina in the Killik Cup match on Saturday, December 1.

The Barbarians are returning to Twickenham after their record-breaking 63-45 win against England earlier this year.

"It's a terrific honour to be invited to coach the Barbarians later this year and it should be a great occasion at Twickenham," said Erasmus.

"The Barbarians are renowned for bringing together great individuals and the challenge for coaches is moulding them into a team that plays wonderful rugby, which they certainly showed earlier this year against England.

"There's a lot of important games for South Africa between now and then but the chance to work with a new group and take on Argentina once more will be a great end to the year."

The Pumas, who won the last fixture between the sides in 2015, made history of their own last weekend with a 23-19 win over the Wallabies in Australia - their first there in 35 years.

Erasmus will coach a squad full of international greats and three Springboks have already accepted invitations to line-up against the Pumas - Handre Pollard (flyhalf), Eben Etzebeth (lock) and Tendai Mtawarira (prop) will join the BaaBaas in London after South Africa's November internationals against England, France, Scotland and Wales.

They will be joined by Wallaby scrumhalf Will Genia, who will be in Europe with Australia for their Tests against Wales, Italy and England.

More big name acquisitions will be announced in due course.

Tickets are available from Pound 20 for adults and Pound 15 for kids.

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