Barbarians announce more stellar names for summer tour

The Barbarians have revealed the final batch of players to join their squad for games this Summer against England and the British and Irish Lions. Saracens hooker Schalk Brits, Fijian wing Timoci Nagusa, Wallaby and Exeter lock Dean Mumm, Azzurri prop Andrea Lo Cicero and USA and Northampton forward Samu Manoa will all be in the selection mix.

Tour manager Derek Quinnell said, “We are very pleased with the final composition and strength of the squad. Obviously because of play-off finals in Ireland and England on 25 May a handful of players will not be available for the first match against England but we have covered that by inviting 28 players.

“We also believe there is a healthy balance between proven test experience and promising young talent who will benefit enormously from the experience.”

The Barbarians meet in London on May 22. They fly to Hong Kong straight after the match against England on May 26 before the tour reaches its climax with the fixture against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday, June 1. They will be coached by Dai Young, with Mike Tindall helping out in a player/coach capacity.

Full Squad
Backs: Jared Payne (Ulster), Rowan Varty (DeA Tigers and Hong Kong), Takudzwa Ngwenya (Biarritz Olympique and USA), Timoci Nagusa (Montpellier and Fiji), Joe Rokocoko (Bayonne and New Zealand), Elliot Daly (London Wasps), James Hook (Perpignan and Wales), Nick Evans (Harlequins and New Zealand), Kahn Fotuali’i (Ospreys and Samoa), Dwayne Peel (Sale Sharks and Wales), Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz Olympique and France).

Forwards: Duncan Jones (Ospreys and Wales), B J Botha (Munster and South Africa), Paul James (Bath Rugby and Wales), Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester and Italy), Andrea Lo Cicero (Racing Metro 92 and Italy), Matthew Rees (Scarlets and Wales), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Benetton Treviso and Italy), Schalk Brits (Saracens and South Africa), Marco Wentzel (London Wasps and South Africa), Jim Hamilton (Gloucester Rugby and Scotland), Dean Mumm (Exeter Chiefs and Australia), Samu Manoa (Northampton and USA), Francois Louw (Bath Rugby and South Africa), Sam Jones (London Wasps), Alessandro Zanni (Benetton Treviso and Italy), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais and Italy), Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz Olympique and France).

16 thoughts on “Barbarians announce more stellar names for summer tour

  1. I thought we were going to see Steven Jones have a last hurrah in Hong Kong. It would have been a fitting end to the career of a great servant to Wales and the Lions. Still they look pretty strong should be a good couple of games.

  2. this has got to be one of the strongest Baa Baa squads that we have seen in recent years.

    the team i would pick to face england would be:

    Lo Cicero

    i wouldnt be surprised if Sam Jones was selected above one of the other backrowers though.

    I would look at a similar team for the lions, although i think i would bring Rokocoko into the centres, to add a bit of weight. Hook and Daly are hugely talented, and there would be no shortage of x-factor, but they do lack bulk.

    1. Strong team, but Manoa will have played in the Prem final the day before so won’t be available for the England game. Likewise Jared Payne in the Rabo final.

    2. just realised the prem and rabo finals are the day before the england game… so payne, manoa and castro wont get selected for that one.

  3. Really looking forward to the England game now, I’ll have to try and minimise my hangover from Saturday night……

  4. This could see a couple of difficult games for both England and the Lions. That’s a strong team

    Looking forward to see what players like Britz, Jones, Parisse, Daly, Evans and Fotuali’i can do in a team like this!

    1. i like the fact that the lions game has probably drawn in a lot of these blokes.

      A number of them will never get the chance to play for or against the lions, so they must have jumped at the chance. i think that this fixture should be a certain on all lions tours, because it should hopefully be a hell of a spectacle.

  5. Just got my tickets for the Hong Kong game in the post ,I’m glad that the Barbarians are looking strong for what was criticised as a bit of a distraction and a corporate moneyspinner when announced (I could care less about that of course as unfortunately I couldn’t spare the time to trek around Australia) .

    Looks like there will ba a few players trying to prove that they should have been on the Lions plane out there rather than the Barbarians and some Lions laying down markers too .

    1. Jelly….

      (I’m not too bothered about catching the Lions in Oz, but I’d kill to see the Baabaas-Lions game!)

  6. re Stephen Jones, its his Testimonial Dinner in HK the Thursday before the Lions v Baa-baas… he might still be feeling the effects on the Saturday!!

    Very strong squad, think Simo is right that players like Parisse were drawn in by the chance to play against the Lions.

    In the South Stand for the game in HK… cannot wait!

  7. 15 Payne
    14 Ngwenya
    13 Daly
    12 Hook
    11 Nagusa
    10 Evans
    9 Fotuali’i

    1 Castro
    2 Brits
    3 Botha
    4 Hamilton
    5 Manoa
    6 Zanni
    7 Louw
    8 Parisse

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