Barbarians name team to face the Lions

Head coach Dai Young has named a strong team to play the British and Irish Lions this Saturday in Hong Kong. News reports have also broken this morning that the team have had a self-imposed booze ban (very much breaking with tradition) after a lacklustre performance against England last weekend.

Baa-Baas team to face the British and Irish Lions in Hong Kong on Saturday (12.30pm kick-off, UK time)
J Payne (Ulster); J Rokocoko (Bayonne), E Daly (Wasps), C Laulala (Munster), T Ngwenya (Biarritz/USA); N Evans (Harlequins), D Yachvili (Biarritz/France); P James (Bath/Wales), S Brits (Saracens/South Africa), Martin Castrogiovanni (Italy); M Wentzel (Wasps), D Mumm (Exeter); S Manoa (Northampton/USA), S Parisse (Stade Francais/Italy), S Jones (Wasps).

Replacements: D Jones (Ospreys), L Ghiraldini (Treviso/Italy), A Lo Cicero (Racing Metro/Italy), J Hamilton (Montpellier/Scotland), K Fotuali’i (Northampton/Samoa), J Hook (Perpignan/Wales), M Tindall (Gloucester)

What do you make of the squad? Is it good enough to beat the Lions?

24 thoughts on “Barbarians name team to face the Lions

  1. Huge opportunity for Daly and Sam Jones to make a name for themselves. Or in Daly’s case, a bigger name….

  2. will be the toughest match of the tour for the lions, will be interesting if gatland goes ‘full strength’ for the first game.

    1. I’m not convinced this will be their toughest game. I’m going to assume you are excluding the Aussies in that, but still, the Reds and the Brumbies will be really tough fixtues.

      Also, I am pretty sure Gatland will just pick from the players that he has had a bit longer. The guys that played in finals last weekend will still be catching up with things in training. So basically it will be very Welsh heavy.

      1. I think that Gatland has stated already that he won’t consider those who played in the two finals at the weekend.

    2. It depends if the guys who played at the weekend would be starters or not. I’m pretty sure players such as Croft, Tuilagi, Sexton, O’Driscoll, Bowe are possible test starters, and will not be considered because they all played at the weekend. So definitely not a full strength team for the Baa Baas game.

  3. By my reckoning some of the guys who played will have to be on the bench though. Hogg can cover (supposedly) fly half from the bench, but he needs two tightheads, two looseheads and two hookers. With Jenkins injured, Vunipola has to start, with Hibbard and Jones. Stevens on the bench, but he still has to have either Cole or Healy, and Best or Tom Youngs on the bench.

  4. Looks strong! Should be quite a clash between two scratch teams.

    I’m really keen for player ratings from the England-Barbarians match. Any chance that’s still in the pipeline? Cheers.

  5. So seeing as very few of the Welsh members play for successful club sides, i’d imagine we’d see something like this

    Vunipola (presume that Jenkins is still with Toulon)

    Looks like a good Baa-Baas side though. Want to see how Daly and Sam Jones fare and hope Fotuali’i shows what he can do

    Looking forward to it!

    1. Jenkins is injured, and Sky have just reported that Warburton has sat out training, and will probably not be risked for this match. So Lydiate and Tipuric with Faletau, and then he’l have to pick someone who played at the weekend to occupy the bench. Apparently O’Brien also picked up a knock in the Rabo final at the weekend. It’s not a great start is it? Looks like Robshaw could get in anyway if it carries on like this.

    2. Jenkins in injured, but he is with the Lions. He has left Toulon early to join the Lions, hence him being able to be picked as he boarded the plane with everyone else, as per Gatlands instructions.

      1. Well, we could just pick the entire Welsh first team. But given their record against southern hemisphere sides, I don’t think it would be that good an idea

        1. Oh dear Pablito, give it a rest. “seeing as not many welsh players are in successful sides…” Etc. You hate us. You think we are overrated and/or rubbish. You think The Lions has too many Welsh and want to put digs in every chance you get. We get it now. Give it a rest please.

          Still mind, we won back to back titles with that bunch of no hopers, so I’m happy.,.. Hammering England in such style was also nice….

          1. Is the definition a successful club side really just them reaching their respective league final?

            The premiership provides England with two of these each and every year regardless! One of them is even guaranteed to win, and that makes you even more successful!

          2. I’m not suggesting that Dazza doesn’t think the Welsh are over-rated but you do seem to get very defensive on this issue very quickly.

            Can we please be honest for a second a realise that the English and Welsh sides are actually very similar in terms of ability!? They both have class players, and both have poor players.

            Can we not forget that and concentrate on the fact that this is a Lions summer, and every man on that plane is British, which we all are. And if you do not consider yourself British, then do not get involved in a debate about the Lions.

            When I go about picking what should be the Lions side, I am not picking a few English, a few Welsh and whatever else; I am picking the best 15 British players. If that ends up being the Welsh team then so be it. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it will anywhere near that; but you get my point.

          3. wow, that escalated quickly!

            I am pretty sure that Pablito was not trying to insinuate anything, but rather point out the fact that not a single welsh lion (excluding Jenkins in a semi) played in a final last weekend. and based on Gatland’s comments that he would rest those who had played in finals, it means that we should be seeing a very welsh heavy team.

            it is a well known fact that the welsh regions are struggling financially (hence the reason half of the national team will be in france next year), so that is more likely the reason for unsuccessful clubs.

            not everyone is out to slag off the welsh, sometimes they are just making simple observations.

          4. Don’t be so silly, Brighty.

            My first comment was a dig at no-one. Its a fact. Very few of the Welsh players play for successful club sides and therefore they are free to play on Saturday.

            Or perhaps they DO play for successful sides and I’ve just failed to notice it? Perhaps you can point them out to me?

            The second one was a tongue-in-cheek response to Martyn. But of course, now that I think about it, Wales’ record against the Southern Hemisphere is also a fact rather than an opinion. Unless I’ve missed some matches. Please feel free to point it out if I have.

            Much as I’m sure your sense of persecution gives you a warm feeling inside, you might want to consider that perhaps, just sometimes, people really aren’t having a dig at you.

  6. Exciting side, looking forward to seeing Daly shred the line. Wish Evans, Yachvilli, Parrise, Brits, Castro and Manoa were Lions players!

  7. Jacob its the British and Irish Lions so the best 15 will not be British expect a few Irish to get into the test side

  8. nice to see Mako & Farrell in the team for the barbarians game. Thankfully Saracens were so unsuccessful this season otherwise we wouldn’t have had an outside half to chose from!

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