Schalk Brits will realise a long held ambition in Hong Kong this weekend as part of the Barbarians squad to face the British and Irish Lions in the Far East.
Brits, who scored for the world famous invitational side against England at Twickenham on Sunday, has been named in the Barbarians squad to face the Lions and he admits he can’t wait to play against the red shirts and the three Saracens players in the squad.
For the likable Brits, the chance to play for the legendry Baa Baas is something that he describes as a “privilege”
“It’s pretty cool to be involved,” said the South-African international, picture above scoring his try on Sunday.
“One good thing I have noticed is that the Barbarians are somewhat unique and, with it being invitation only to make the squad, it makes it a huge privilege to play for the Baa Baas.
“It’s already been a great week; spending time with some guys that we play week in, and week out, has been brilliant and we have a talented squad together and it’s been fun.”
After Twickenham on Sunday, it was a quick trip home to pack his bags and head to Hong Kong to face a Lions side in the opening match of their Australia tour with Matt Stevens, Owen Farrell and Mako Vunipola.
“The year I joined Sarries in 2009 was the year that the Lions toured South Africa,” he explained.
“So hopefully now I’ll have that chance to play against them; and maybe playing against Mako and Matty, that would be special; and hopefully they’ll give me an easy ride but let’s be honest I don’t think that will happen.
“I think it’s always special playing against the British and Irish Lions and it’s something that I’m certainly looking forward to.”