The Barbarians has expanded to include a women's team ©Getty Images

The Barbarians rugby team is to field a women's side for the first time, in a fixture against Irish team Munster at Limerick's Thomond Park on November 10.

It is the first of several matches against club, provincial and international teams planned for the 2017-2018 season with the side set to be coached by England's World Cup winner Giselle Mather.

The Barbarian Football Club, nicknamed the Baa-Baas, is an invitational side which selects players from around the world based on their playing ability and behaviour on and off the field.

Men's matches have been played since 1890, with the team sporting a famous black and white hooped kit.

"We're delighted to open a new chapter in the Barbarian FC's history with the creation of our women's team," Barbarians chairman John Spencer said.

"Its formation is something we've been working towards for a number of years and it is a reflection of the excellence of the global women's game which was showcased so brilliantly at this year's World Cup in Ireland.

"Our aim is to welcome more talented players into this iconic club to forge new friendships and play with the style and passion for which the Barbarians are famous."

Players from seven nations have agreed to play against Munster, among them England's Claire Cripps and Megan Goddard, Emma Jenson of New Zealand and Canada's Kelly Russell.

"The Barbarians are one of the reasons I fell in love with rugby and to be coaching this side is a massive honour," said Mather, the Wasps director of rugby and a World Cup winning player in 1994.

"I can't wait to get these players from all different nationalities together with everything they bring from their different environments. 

"It's going to be a massive opportunity for all these athletes.

"The state of the women’s game is phenomenal at the moment following events like the World Cup and the launch of the Tyrrell's Premier 15s in England. 

"With the Barbarians coming in on top of that it's taking the game to a different level."

The launch of the Barbarians women's team is supported by World Rugby and the Women’s Sport Trust.

World Rugby’s general manager for women's rugby, Katie Sadleir, said: "It's an incredibly exciting development in international rugby to see the first women's Barbarians team being formed.  

"The talented players that have been recruited from around the world for this team provide an excellent opportunity to deliver more inspirational rugby maintaining the momentum created during the recent World Cup in Ireland."