Barbarians to discuss with home unions on releasing players for New Zealand clash

Warren Gatland led the Lions to a series draw in New Zealand
Warren Gatland led the Lions to a series draw in New Zealand

Barbarians have confirmed that they are planning to speak to various home unions on a possible release of their players for the clash against New Zealand scheduled to be played on 4th November.

With the three-match Test series between British and Irish Lions and New Zealand ended in a 1-1 draw, there were suggestions raised about the All Blacks' fixture against Barbarians at Twickenham be an unofficial fourth Test with head coach Warren Gatland also approving the idea.

Even though, it needs approvals from various boards, former New Zealand coach Robbie Deans, who is in charge of the Barbarians is keen on exploring the concept.

"We are going to assemble an extremely strong team for this historic game at Twickenham," a Barbarians spokesman said.

"We hope it will include players involved in the exceptional Lions series with the All Blacks. The players will get the chance to face New Zealand for a fourth time this year.

"We have reached an agreement with Premiership Rugby, who have been very supportive about player release. We will talk with the home unions about access to players."

Earlier, Rugby Football Union's request of playing England on 4th November at Twickenham was turned down by the New Zealand board.