Alan Jones to coach Barbarians v Wallabies at Allianz Stadium

July 17, 2017

By Simon Mills PR

Alan Jones AO will return to the coaches’ box for the first time in almost 30 years in October with the Grand Slam winning coach confirming today that he will take charge of the Barbarians when the famous international team tours New South Wales (NSW) later this year.

Headlining the Barbarians Tour of NSW will be a clash with the Wallabies on Saturday 28 October, at Allianz Stadium, in a match that will place the fans at the epicentre. In an Australian first, Rugby fans will be provided with the unique opportunity to vote on a number of event elements and help shape the match experience.

By heading to www.yourrugbymatch.com fans will be able to vote on the kick-off time, half-time entertainment, food options as well as a NSW amateur Rugby player who will be given the privilege of joining the Barbarians as the 24th man throughout their NSW tour.

Voting will be open from Sunday 16 July to Saturday 22 July, with the results of the fan vote to be announced the following day.

In addition to providing fans with the opportunity to help shape the match, ticket prices will be affordable and accessible to all Rugby fans, with adult tickets starting from just $29.00. Tickets will be on-sale at Ticketek from Monday 24 July.

Alan Jones was thrilled to be given the opportunity to Head Coach again.

“It is an honour to be asked by such a significant rugby institution as the Barbarians to coach the team for this tour. I am looking forward to taking on the Wallabies and am hoping we can create a match that will be good for the fans, good for the players and good for the tradition of the Barbarians,” he commented.

The Barbarians Tour of NSW, which will see a second match announced soon, has been secured by the NSW Governement’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

“The NSW Government has worked hard to secure these high-profile rugby matches, knowing it will be a massive boost for the state’s visitor economy,” said NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall.

“The Barbarians is a world-famous Rugby Club who only play a few matches every year, so I’m delighted NSW will have the honour of hosting two of these prestigious matches,” said Mr Marshall.

Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver expressed his excitement for the Wallabies match, and the chance to go head-to-head with the Barbarians.

“The last time the two teams met at Twickenham was a memorable clash for a number of reasons. There were 11 tries scored in the match and the Wallabies held on to win 40-36 in a heart-stopping finish in what was Michael Chieka’s first game in charge,” said Pulver.

“The Wallabies and Barbarians have a history dating back to our first ever clash in 1948 and have often delivered some incredibly entertaining, high-scoring encounters”, Pulver said.

“The Barbarians have a rich history and long association with Australia, who were the first international side we played in 1948,” said Barbarians President Micky Steele-Bodger.

“The last time we played the Wallabies it was a superb encounter and we will be scouring the globe for the best available talent for our matches in Australia this year. We will invite players who uphold our values on and off the field and look forward to being involved in two exciting and entertaining matches.”

To place your vote on the Barbarians v Wallabies match elements, head to www.yourrugbymatch.com with voting to close on Saturday 22 July.

This will be one of the most highly anticipated events at Allianz Stadium for 2017.

Trust Gold and Platinum cards will admit. More information will be communicated to members closer to the event.

Tickets for the Barbarians v Wallabies will be on-sale at Ticketek from Monday 24 July.

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