London - Australia's Michael Cheika will
coach a star-studded Barbarians line-up in two high-profile games later this
The Wallabies' head coach will take charge
of the world famous invitation team when they face Gloucester on November 17
before taking on Argentina on November 21.
The squad will include stellar names from
the global game with five of South Africa’s leading internationals the first to
accept invitations to play.
Pat Lambie, Victor Matfield, Tendai
Mtawarira and Jean De Villiers from the current Springboks' squad will be
joined by veteran lock Bakkies Botha for the games at Kingsholm and Twickenham.
Cheika will lead the Wallabies into next
month’s World Cup, where they will face England, Wales, Fiji and Uruguay in
Pool A before taking on a different sort of challenge when he helps the
Barbarians celebrate their 125th anniversary in November.
His first game in charge of the Wallabies
was last year’s dramatic 40-36 win over the Barbarians at Twickenham when both
sides had the crowd on their feet with their exciting attacking play.
“The Barbarians do a wonderful job of
bringing different nations and talent together to celebrate rugby on the world
stage,” said Cheika.
“That’s what the Barbarians is all about
and we saw this last year when the Wallabies played them in front of a huge
crowd at Twickenham.
“There is still a job to be done for the
Wallabies in England but I am looking forward to being a part of the Barbarians
family, especially in their 125th year.”
The Barbarians also take on Samoa at the
former Olympic Stadium in London on August 29 when they will be coached by New
Zealanders Jamie Joseph and Carlos Spencer.