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.
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).