The Welsh Rugby Union have confirmed that the men’s and women’s national teams will take part in an historic double header against the Barbarians on Saturday 30th November at the Principality Stadium.
Wales’ men’s side will be coached by Wayne Pivac for the first time, while the departing Warren Gatland will take charge of the Barbarians in a farewell to the Welsh public after over 10 years as head coach.
There are also firsts in the women’s game as Wales meet the Barbarians for the first time since the invitational side launched their team in 2017. Their forwards will be coached by former Wales captain Rachel Taylor, giving them a Welsh flavour to their staff as well.
The game presents a potential issue for the Welsh regions though, with the second round of European games taking place the weekend before this double header, while the Irish Times reported that Pro14 clubs have been informed they will have fixtures on that last weekend of November.
If Wales were to make it to the latter stages of the World Cup, with the tournament finishing on Saturday 2nd November, the likelihood is that very few, if any, of the 31-man squad out in Japan would be involved against the Barbarians, therefore the regions face losing even more players.
With the Welsh setup usually taking players into camp two weeks before a game, there are also questions to be asked about whether the regions will have their players available for the European game the weekend before.