Flying Fijians rugby coach Vern Cotter will take charge of the Barbarians team against England later this month.

The former Scotland head coach will be joined by one his Fiji assistant coaches, former test referee Glen Jackson, for the Quilter Cup clash at Twickenham on 25 October.

The Barbarians versus England fixture was originally scheduled for June before being postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The game will be played behind closed doors at Twickenham Stadium and will be the first international match at the famous ground since the suspension of the Six Nations in March.

The last time both teams played was in 2018 when the Barbarians thrashed England 63-45.

Vern Cotter was appointed the Flying Fijians coach in January and will take charge of the team for the first time on 15 November against France in the opening round of the Autumn Nations Cup.

The Barbarians have recent history with the Flying Fijians, having been beaten 33-31 by the Melanesian side in November last year.

Cotter says his hugely excited and honoured to be taking the reins for the Barbarians’ match against England and it will be a big moment in his rugby career to be involved with the famous club.

He says it’s going to be a different experience given the global situation, but it’s important to get international rugby back on track and significant that they are able to come together for this fixture.

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