Barbarians name team to face England

Barbarians head coach Dai Young has named his team to play England this Sunday at Twickenham. Any players involved in domestic finals or semi-finals could not be included, but it is still a hugely strong line-up that will test a young England side.

Barbarians XV to play England:

Andrea Lo Cicero
Matthew Rees
James Johnston
Jim Hamilton
Marco Wentzel
Alessandro Zanni
Jonathan Poff
Imanol Harinordoquy

Dwayne Peel
James Hook
Takudzwa Ngwenya
Mike Tindall
Casey Laulala
Timoci Nagusa
Elliot Daly

Replacements: Paul James, Schalk Brits, Duncan Jones, Dean Mumm, Sam Jones, Dimitri Yachvili, Nick Evans, Rowan Varty.

What do you make of the team? Is it good enough to beat England?

15 thoughts on “Barbarians name team to face England

    1. Agree. Although it could actually be a bit better IMO.

      They still haven’t chosen Hamilton, Parisse, Evans or Rokocoko.
      Not to mention that a few other names are still away with their clubs (Manoa and Payne).

      1. Hamilton is in there. Do we know why Rokocoko or Parisse isn’t? Are they available? Also, in the theme of the Baa Baas style of play, I can see why Hook was chosen over Evans.

        1. yes he is! dont know how i didnt pay attention to that!

          Parisse could be resting for the game against the Lions. He did play last weekend in the Amlin final after all. Rokocoko on the other hand is a strange one.

          so the players who missed out on selection are:
          Botha, Ghiraldini, Lowu, Parisse, Rokocoko, Evans and (last but not least) Fotuali’i.

          like i said, with Parisse having played the amlin, i can understand him not being in. But to not have Francois Lowu, Nick Evans or Kahn Fotuali’i seems a bit strange. Especially when they call in guys like Poff, Steven Jones (good but no Evans) Laulala and Tindall.

          Payne, Castro and Manoa miss out due to finals commitments. but a few of the other selections seem strange compared to the guys who were selected in the finalised squad.

          1. That is quite a list to have missed out! He may be saving some of those players for the Lions game though. If he has all these players in the squad, he probably intends to use them all at some point.

            That is one hell of a list to come in for the Lions match though.

          2. right, i am confused now.

            This site and bbc news have Evans as the sub 10.

            Planet rugby and ESPNScrum have Stephen Jones as the sub 10…

            just found a 3rd source to say that it is Evans… so i am going to assume that thats the one on the bench.

          3. Botha wasn’t able to get a visa, seemed a bit weird as he plays for Munster if I’m not mistaken. Parisse can’t play this Sunday as he is with the Italian training camp until Saturday. Not sure why the others that have mentioned have-not been included though.

        2. Really? Evans is the lynch-pin of the most attacking side in the Premiership.

          I’d have thought he’d be perfect for the Barbarians style

          Looking forward to seeing the England team

          1. Evans has actually looked a bit slow this year. I have a season ticket at the Stoop and I always feel like Botica speeds things up a bit when he comes on. He has more of a running game than Evans. Don’t get me wrong, Evans is a great player. But with the Baa Baas, Hook will suit the way they play really well.

  1. Nick Evans is possibly the best 10 in the world. If not the best, only marginally behind Carter.

    1. evans has had a pretty indifferent season by his standards. i dont think that he is playing to the standard of the “best/2nd best 10 in the world”

      your claim that he is the best (possibly only behind carter) is putting him ahead of;
      Sexton, Hernandez, M. Steyn, Lambie, Goosen, Beale, O’Connor, Cooper, Barnes, Cruden, Slade and a certain Jonny Wilkinson.
      Sure, they probably arent ALL better than Evans, but on current form i would say that at least 3-4 are.

      Even O’Gara was able to outplay Evan in the HC QF this year…

      also, lets not forget that we only get to see Evan playing at club level now. and there are plenty of guys who have lit the club game up, but failed to produce the when on the international stage. I am not suggesting that Evans cant produce (because he did) but i am using this as a fact to illustrate the difference in club and test rugby. good players are made to look great at club level.

  2. Just an FYI, I believe Rokocoko is joining up with the Baa Baas in Hong Kong, hence his omission.

    As a Quins fan I’d love to be able to support the idea that Evans has been the form FH in the Northern Hemisphere this season but that simply isn’t the case unfortunately. Whilst he is an impecable player he seems to have been below his usually high standards this season. On many occasions, what Jacob said has been true, Botica has injected a bit of pace when coming on.

  3. Rokocoko is being rested till the barbarians game as he was injured playing super rugby and so will parisse
    Come on England

  4. Matthew rees, harinordique,james hook, jim hamilton are going to be the strongest and most exciting players on the pitch these could be the difference in beating a youthful england side today. However most positions have normally been better in recent
    barbarian times. so i dont know about this!????

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