Barbarians to face Northampton Saints in November

cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens will host the game
cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens will host the game

Northampton Saints will be locking horns with Barbarians for the first time in an exhibition match with cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens hosting the game in November.

The game is seen as an alternative for their cancelled fixture against Worcester hat was scheduled to be played on 26th November after the Warriors entered into administration and were suspended for the remainder of the season.

The fixture against Barbarians is expected to help the club recover from the losses for the game against Worcester which is expected to be in the range of £400,000.

“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,” said Mark Darbon, chief executive of Northampton Saints.

“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.

“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.”

Barbarian FC President John Spencer said the team will be relishing the opportunity to face Northampton at Franklin's Gardens.

"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.”