Barbarians v South Africa – one of the biggest, baddest rivalries in rugby

This isn’t just about one team going up against another. The Barbarians v South Africa rivalry has got more than six decades of history wrapped up in it. 

The eagerly awaited clash between the BaaBaas and Springboks for the Killik Cup is set for 5 November at Wembley Stadium. It will be only the eighth time these two teams have met since 1952.

With each of their matches being fierce encounters producing some gripping and gritty play from both sides, narrowing down the highlights is difficult – but the infographic below illustrates their long-standing animosity in names and numbers.

Barbarians infographic

As you can see, the Barbarians currently lead the series 4-3. When the two teams last met in 2010, the BaaBaas beat the Boks by 26-20.

Plus, if you’re a rugby fan, you can’t miss this game because the Barbarians are returning to Wembley for the first time since 2008 when they faced Australia in the Olympic Centenary Match.

Tickets for Barbarians v South Africa start at just £20 and are still available at