England head coach Eddie Jones will take charge of the Barbarians against Fiji at Twickenham after the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup.

Jones will oversee the invitational side for the game on November 16, two weeks after what he hopes will be a World Cup final appearance for England in Japan.

It is the first time Jones has been asked to coach the Barbarians, having served as assistant under Jake White when the Baa-Baas took on Australia at Wembley in 2008.

"It's a huge honour to be invited to coach the Barbarians," Jones said.

"The club perfectly embodies the values and traditions of the sport and fans can expect to see an exciting match between two sides who like to play end-to-end running rugby. 

"2019 is a massive year for international rugby and I'm looking forward to returning to Twickenham after a successful World Cup campaign to coach a Barbarians team containing some of the stars of the tournament."

The Barbarians and Fiji last met at Twickenham six years ago, when almost 70,000 were in attendance to witness a 43-19 victory for the invitational side.

Wayne Pivac's first match in charge of Wales will see him take on predecessor Warren Gatland and the Barbarians in November.

Pivac will replace Gatland in charge of the Six Nations Grand Slam champions following this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.

But Gatland, who has led Wales for 12 years, will soon return to Cardiff as the Baa-Baas coach, adding an intriguing narrative to Pivac's debut match.

Pivac said: "The Barbarians are a special side and it will be a great way to start my Wales career facing the Baa-Baas and, of course, Warren.

"Wales have an important five months ahead of them with the Rugby World Cup on the horizon but, post that tournament, I'm looking forward to kicking off my tenure with Wales, at home in Cardiff, in what will be a really special game."

The fixture will be part of a double-header with the respective women's teams also facing off.

The Barbarians lost 51-43 to an England XI in Sunday's Quilter Cup clash at Twickenham.

An England XV held off a second-half fightback from the Barbarians to claim a 51-43 Quilter Cup victory in an end-to-end encounter at Twickenham on Sunday.

Coached by Jim Mallinder in front of watching boss Eddie Jones, Marcus Smith was among several home players who took their opportunity to impress in a clash that included 13 tries.

England broke the deadlock after 11 minutes as Johnny Williams teed up Josh Bassett to race through down the left.

But the ball sat up nicely for James Horwill to cross for a swift riposte and, although Smith dispatched a penalty, further pressure soon told and Francois Louw powered over, allowing Colin Slade to kick the Barbarians in front with the conversion.

England seized complete control by the break, though, with Smith teeing up Simon Hammersley at the end of a flowing team move, and then scoring himself.

The hosts went in 31-12 up after Alex Mitchell intercepted to tee up Alex Dombrandt, before Williams raced through early in the second half as the contest threatened to become very one-sided.

However, the Barbarians scored twice in two minutes - through Mark Atkinson and Rhodri Williams - and Smith's latest penalty was followed by another Atkinson score to narrow the gap.

David Heffernan then dotted down and the extras meant there were just three points in the match with little over 10 minutes remaining.

But Smith made sure of victory for England as he maintained his perfect record with his boot with a penalty and then played a role in Dombrandt's clinching second.

Taqele Naiyaravoro found time for a final try, yet Horwill, in the final match of his esteemed career, missed the conversion at the death.

Fans got full value for money at Twickenham on Saturday as Elton Jantjies' late drop-goal completed a stunning comeback for Barbarians in a 38-35 win over Argentina.

The Baa-Baas, made up largely of South Africa players and led by Springboks head coach Rassie Erasmus, found themselves 28-7 down inside half an hour and were still trailing by a converted try with five minutes to go.

But Lood de Jager's score - the 10th of the match - brought the invitational side level and, with a minute left on the clock, Jantjies slotted over a drop-goal to provide a fittingly dramatic conclusion to what had been an entertaining contest.

The late twist capped a disappointing tour for the Pumas, who over the past three weekends had suffered defeats at the hands of Ireland, France and Scotland in a worrying sequence of results ahead of next year's World Cup.

It was one of the Pumas' usual stalwarts, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, selected by the Baa-Baas, who got the scoring under way as superb hands down the right involving Siya Kolisi and Schalk Brits sent him free.

That try was celebrated by the number eight rolling the ball into his team-mates, who fell to the ground like bowling pins, but the lead was swiftly wiped out as Matias Orlando showed quick feet to round Luke Jones after Handre Pollard's ill-advised chip from his own line, and the Pumas were in front when Joaquin Diaz Bonilla kicked through for Ramiro Moyano to dot down.

Fine work from Moyano and Orlando teed up Pablo Matera for a third and the lead was further extended by Sebastian Cancelliere, who benefited from Moyano's fine grubber at the end of a searing cut inside off the left.

The Baa-Baas forced a penalty try late in the first half as the Pumas pulled down a driving maul, a tactic that worked again soon after the interval when Kolisi crashed over.

Argentina hit back in similar fashion, Julian Montoya the man to score, and the see-saw nature of the contest continued when Jantjies kicked through for Damian de Allende to get the ball down in the corner.

And the Barbarians were level with five minutes remaining, Jesse Kriel and Frank Lomani sending De Jager away, before Jantjies had the final say.

Mario Ledesma has made 10 changes to the Argentina team that lost to Scotland as the Pumas prepare to tackle the Barbarians and Juan Manuel Leguizamon.

Argentina have enjoyed a fine year, securing big wins over South Africa and Australia, although they lost each of their three Tests in November to Ireland, France and Scotland respectively.

Ledesma's men take on the Barbarians in their final match of the year, with Rassie Erasmus naming New Zealand's Wyatt Crockett as captain and including Pumas great Leguizamon in his side.

Flanker Leguizamon played for his country as recently as October against the Wallabies.

An experimental Argentina side sees Juan Cruz Mallia handed his first start, as Ramiro Moyano is the only back to keep his place from the Scotland game.

Juan Pablo Zeiss is also in from the start for the first time at Twickenham, while youngsters Mayco Vivas, Santiago Grondona and Santiago Carreras could all debut from the bench.

Argentina team to play Barbarians: Juan Cruz Mallia, Sebastian Cancelliere, Matias Orlando, Bautista Ezcurra, Ramiro Moyano, Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, Martin Landajo; Juan Pablo Zeiss, Julian Montoya, Santiago Medrano, Guido Petti, Matias Alemanno, Pablo Matera, Tomas Lezana, Rodrigo Bruni.

Replacements: Agustin Creevy, Mayco Vivas, Lucio Sordoni, Tomas Lavanini, Santiago Grondona, Tomas Cubelli, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Santiago Carreras.

Prop Wyatt Crockett will captain the Barbarians against Argentina in London this weekend, while South African trio Handre Pollard, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Schalk Brits have all been named in the XV.

Crockett, who won 71 caps with the All Blacks and was part of the squad that won the Rugby World Cup in 2015, announced his retirement from international rugby earlier this year but will lead out the Baa-Baas at Twickenham on Saturday.

Eight South Africans are in the starting line-up, including Damian de Allende, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Siya Kolisi, Pollard and Du Toit - all of whom started in the Springboks' loss to Wales last weekend.

It will be just the third time the Barbarians have faced Argentina in their entire 128-year history, with each team winning one of the previous meetings.

 

Barbarians team to face Argentina: Jack Debreczeni, Tommaso Benvenuti, Tom English, Damian de Allende, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Handre Pollard, Leon Fukofuka; Wyatt Crockett, Schalk Brits, Trevor Nyakane, Luke Jones, Lood de Jager, Siya Kolisi, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Juan Manuel Leguizamon.

Replacements: Steven Kitshoff, Malcolm Marx, Anton Peikrishvili, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Jordan Taufua, Frank Lomani, Jesse Kriel, Elton Jantjies.

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