Ireland will take on the Barbarians at Thomond Park in Limerick on 4 June 2010 kick-off 19:45 as part of their preparations for their southern hemisphere tour to New Zealand and Australia later in the month. To add a little spice, the Barbarians have invited Munster trio Doug Howlett, Jean de Villiers and Paul Warwick to play against Ireland on their home ground.
The teams met last year with Ireland running out 39-14 winners in Gloucester while the last game between the sides in Ireland was in 2000, when the Baa-Baas won 31-30.
John Callaghan IRFU president said: (quote) The much celebrated Barbarian brand of rugby will surely bring an entertaining game to Thomond Park and one which I am sure Ireland fans will looking forward to seeing. (end quote)
Barbarian President Micky Steele-Bodger said: (quote) We are absolutely delighted to be invited back to Ireland where we have so many friends in the game. Over the years Irish rugby folk have done the Barbarians proud, both as players and club administrators. To be visiting the new stadium at Thomond Park is an added attraction and honour for us. Back in 1991 we were in Munster to help Cork Constitution FC to celebrate their centenary and we have enjoyed similar anniversary matches with Old Wesley and the Wanderers in Dublin. The prospect of playing the national team and the 2009 RBS 6 Nations champions in Limerick is something we shall look forward to tremendously and will provide a fitting climax to our 2010 summer tour. (end quote)
The Barbarians play England at Twickenham on 30 May 2010.