Barbarians to take on Tonga at Thomond Park

The Barbarians will return to Limerick to complete this year’s world tour by taking on Tonga at Thomond Park on Friday, November 10 (19.30).

The last time the Baa-Baas were at Thomond Park was for a 22-21 victory over Ireland 22-21 in 2015.

And it will be the Baa-baas’ first meeting with Tonga – newly qualified as England’s World Cup rivals at Rugby World Cup in 2019 after beating Samoa in this summer’s Pacific Nations Cup.

Facing the Pacific islanders will be the third international contest in three weeks for the Barbarians.

The Barbarians will pull together a squad for a tour that also includes matches against both the 2015 World Cup finalists – Australia in Sydney on October 28 and New Zealand at Twickenham on November 4, culminating with Tonga at Thomond Park on November 10.

Barbarians played Ireland at Thomond Park in May 2015

Tickets to the Thomond Park contest go on general sale on Monday, August 14 at 9am with a two-week Early Bird 20\% online discount on Category A & B adult tickets.

Other tickets from €15 for Adults, €10 for Juniors and Family Packages are available. Visit www.ticketmaster.ie / 0818 719 300 or call the Thomond Park Ticket Officeon 061 421103 (booking fees apply).

Barbarians President Micky Steele-Bodger is delighted to be coming back to Limerick.

“The Barbarians are delighted to be returning to Limerick, where we’ve enjoyed success on the pitch and established a great rapport with Munster Rugby’s knowledgeable supporters,”

“Tonga has provided the world with so many great players, their dynamic way of playing the game will challenge any team and we look forward to facing the Sipi Tau challenge before what should be an entertaining contest.”

Thomond Park Stadium Director John Cantwell says it’s a good chance to enhance the stadium as an International class venue.

“We are delighted to have secured another prestigious Barbarians event as we continue to enhance the reputation of Thomond Park Stadium as an international class venue.

“The last two fixtures against Ireland in 2010 and 2015 have produced some great rugby and close results. With the Barbarians philosophy of playing an expansive attacking game alongside the Tongan flair and steely resolve we can expect an evening of high class rugby, which I am sure our fans will come and support.”

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