England name team to play the Barbarians


Rob Webber captains England for the first time against the Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday (1pm).

The Bath Rugby hooker leads a youthful side with 21 year-olds Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors) and Marland Yarde (London Irish) pulling on a senior shirt for the first time. England’s starting line-up contains nine players aged 24 or under.

The replacements for the non-cap game include five more making their first appearances at this level in centre Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby), lock Kearnan Myall, scrum half Haydn Thomas (Exeter Chiefs), prop Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks) and number eight Billy Vunipola (London Wasps).

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “We’ve selected a young and exciting side and this is a great opportunity for these players who have shone in the Aviva Premiership this season to step up in front of passionate home crowd at Twickenham Stadium.

“Taking on a very experienced Barbarians team is the first challenge they face this summer with matches in Uruguay and Argentina to follow and this sequence of games is a key part of our development as a team.

“Rob Webber finished the season strongly with Bath and I know his leadership qualities well. I am sure he’ll show the way backed up by the other senior players in the team.”

ENGLAND (v Barbarians, Sunday 1pm, Twickenham Stadium)

15 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 16 caps)
14 Christian Wade (Wasps, uncapped)
13 Jonathan Joseph (London Irish, 4 caps)
12 Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby, 4 caps)
11 Marland Yarde (London Irish, uncapped)
10 Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby, 1 cap)
9 Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens, 12 caps)
1 Alex Corbisiero (London Irish, 18 caps)
2 Rob Webber (Bath Rugby, captain, 3 caps)
3 David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 26 caps)
4 Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 9 caps)
5 Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby, 2 caps)
6 Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs, 5 caps)
7 Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors, uncapped)
8 Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 10 caps)


16 David Paice (London Irish, 6 caps)
17 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 10 caps)
18 Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks, uncapped)
19 Kearnan Myall (Unattached, uncapped)
20 Billy Vunipola (London Wasps, uncapped)
21 Haydn Thomas (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped)
22 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped)
23 Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby, uncapped)

What do you make of the team? Will they overcome the Barbarians?

16 thoughts on “England name team to play the Barbarians

  1. Love it.

    When combined with the core of England players (Tuilagi, Care/Young, Robshaw, Wood, Parling, ect) this could develop into a very dangerous England side

  2. Very pleased with the backs – even more so, with May and Eastmond on the bench.

    Wigglesworth and Thomas are very different SH’s to Care and Youngs, so would expect to see a lot more running from Morgan and Vunipola in particular, and some quick ball for Burns.

  3. Should make for a very exciting game. Is this a capped international? They aren’t usually are they?

    Also, Myall isn’t unattached is he? Isn’t he moving from Sale to Wasps?

  4. Definitely looking forward to seeing wingers with some pace and craft and Brown restored to his best position.

    Add in 12T at 12 and Burns at 10 and this looks like some serious firepower

    (think Joseph has lost his way a bit over the last season)

  5. This is a cracking looking team. I like the idea of Eastmond and May on the bench. I was thinking May would be starting, but his versatility in the back line makes him more useful off the bench. I really feel for Tomkins missing out through injury. I think he would make a great combination with 12T.

  6. wow, only 110 caps between them and a captain only playing his 4th international. is that a record?! lots of pace and skill in the backs, this game could go either way.

  7. If it’s as exciting on the pitch as it is on paper we will be in for a great spectacle. Thought May would have got the nod ahead of Yarde and Buchanan ahead of Paice, nothing I’ll be losing any sleep over though.

  8. The backs have had a major overhaul. The line up mightn’t be as defensively strong but this is the compromise required to improve our offensive options. Burns was coming back to form after his injury ruled him out of the 6N and the club partnership of him and Twelvetrees has a nice balance to it. I hope the backs gel and acquit themselves well because this bunch are far more intuitive with their rugby. It promises to be an exciting game this weekend.

  9. i think this team looks very youthful and may make the game exciting, but im sure they wont have enough experience to scare of the baa baas (barbarians)

  10. The first half was a bit of a meat grinder but the game exploded into life in the second half and was really enjoyable in the Bank Holiday sunshine its a shame the Baa Baas didn’t get going until late in the second half.

    I really enjoyed my first experience of Twickenham apart from the drunken Football Fans sat behind us who didn’t have a clue what was going on and were trying to antagonise my friends by poking us and flicking ears but thats the way some things go I suppose…….

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