The Barbarians have confirmed their 24-man squad to face England on Sunday, June 1 at Twickenham. Head coach Dean Ryan can call on an experienced group with more than 700 international caps.
12 players have been added to the initial group including France fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc, Ireland lock Donncha O’Callaghan, South Africa lock Juandre Kruger, and Argentina full-back Juan Martín Hernández.
Nine different nations are represented amongst the squad – six New Zealanders joined by players from Argentina, Australia, France, South Africa, Georgia, Ireland, Samoa and Tonga – and 19 players are set to wear the famous black and white shirt for the first time.
“It is a testimony to the special appeal the Barbarians has throughout the rugby world that we have been able to bring together such an experienced and talented squad of players,” said Ryan. “It’s a privilege to be able to work with a group who have achieved so much and we’re looking forward to taking on a young England side at Twickenham next Sunday.”
There is one change to the group previously announced with All Black Sitiveni Sivivatu now unavailable.
Backs: Jimmy Cowan (Gloucester and New Zealand), Tomas Cubelli (Belgrano and Argentina), Hosea Gear (Toulouse and New Zealand), Juan Martín Hernández (Racing Metro and Argentina), Brock James (Clermont), James O’Connor (London Irish and Australia), Rene Ranger (Montpellier and New Zealand), Joe Rokocoko (Bayonne and New Zealand), Benson Stanley (Clermont and New Zealand), Francois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier and France).
Forwards: Julien Brugnaut (Racing Metro and France), Schalk Ferreira (Toulouse), Mamuka Gorgodze (Montpellier and Georgia), Andrew Hore (Highlanders and New Zealand), Juandre Kruger (Racing Metro and South Africa), Alexandre Lapandry (Clermont and France), Juan Manuel Leguizamon (Lyon and Argentina), Nahuel Lobo (Montpellier and Argentina), Donncha O’Callaghan (Munster and Ireland), Ti’i Paulo (Clermont and Samoa), Sona Taumalolo (Perpignan and Tonga), Joe Tekori (Toulouse and Samoa), Roger Wilson (Ulster and Ireland), Davit Zirakashvili (Clermont and Georgia).
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