The Wallabies are set to face one of their own at Twickenham after Nick Cummins agreed to wear the black and white of the Barbarians against Australia in November.
Little more than two months after he left Australia for Japan’s Top League, Cummins has agreed to play for the invitational side in the November 1 fixture, which kicks off the Wallabies’ five-week spring tour of Europe, his manager said.
The cameo appearance will be possible because the Top League breaks in late October while Japan plays a domestic Test series against the Maori All Blacks and two Tests away against Romania and Georgia.
Cummins, who has played 15 Tests in the gold jersey, joined the Coca Cola Red West Sparks after playing his final match for the Western Force in Super Rugby in July.
It is understood the Force are keen on luring him back to Australia next season, but there is uncertainty around the terms or length of his deal in Japan.
The winger has started on the bench or in the centres for the Sparks, who won their first three games of the season but lost to the Kobelco Steelers and Toyota Verblitz most recently.
Cummins counts Twickenham among his favourite stadiums after scoring his maiden Test try there against England in 2012.
It will be the first time the Wallabies and Barbarians have met since 2011, when Australia smashed the Graham Henry-coached side 60-11.
Former Wallaby Stirling Mortlock played in the black and white alongside Bryan Habana, Robbie Fruean, Danny Cipriani, Jerome Kaino, Victor Matfield and Mauro Bergamasco.
The Barbarians have not yet named a coach or squad for the November fixture, but there is a good chance former Wallabies Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell and James O’Connor could nab spots.
Despite boasting just a 25 per cent win rate against the Wallabies, the Barbarians have won their past two matches, beating England 39-29 at Twickenham in June and Fiji 43-17 at the same venue in November.