England XV to play Barbarians announced


The England XV to face the Barbarians this Sunday (1 June) at Twickenham Stadium has been announced.

Leicester Tigers second row Graham Kitchener will captain the England selection which includes players from seven Premiership sides.

Henry Slade, the 21 year-old Exeter Chiefs fly half will be vice-captain.

RFU Head of International Player Development Joe Lydon said: “This England squad is full of talent and will make for an entertaining match against a strong Barbarians side with over 700 caps between them.

“We see this match as an important development opportunity for the players and many of them gained valuable experience working with the senior squad and coaches over the last week before they departed for New Zealand. We have seen 10 players involved in these Barbarians fixtures over the last two years who have gone on to get caps for England.

“The team are really looking forward to running out and playing in front of the home crowd at Twickenham which has had a fantastic atmosphere this season.”

England XV (v Barbarians, Twickenham Stadium, Sunday 1 June, 3pm)
15 Elliot Daly (London Wasps)
14 Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby & Army)
13 Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
12 Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs)
11 Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby)
10 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
9 Joe Simpson (London Wasps)
1 Ross Harrison (Sale Sharks)
2 Rob Buchanan (Harlequins)
3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
4 Michael Paterson (Sale Sharks)
5 Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers)
6 Jamie Gibson (Leicester Tigers)
7 Luke Wallace (Harlequins)
8 Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs)

16 Tommy Taylor (Sale Sharks)
17 Fraser Balmain (Leicester Tigers)
18 Will Collier (Harlequins)
19 Charlie Matthews (Harlequins)
20 James Gaskell (Sale Sharks)
21 Dan Robson (Gloucester Rugby)
22 Ollie Devoto (Bath Rugby)
23 Rob Miller (Sale Sharks)

Photo by: Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images

15 thoughts on “England XV to play Barbarians announced

  1. Given that the squad was already quite lean, I don’t think that there are any real surprises in the team itself, but Slade as VC is intere4sting.

    It suggests that he is very well considered within the England hierarchy.

  2. I usually like this fixture as it’s usually a good chance to see some up and coming talent alongside the regulars. The crazy schedule has seriously devalued this fixture.

    Last year the line up was:
    15. Mike Brown
    14. Christian Wade
    13. Jonathon Joseph
    12. Billy Twelvetrees
    11. Marland Yarde
    10. Freddie Burns
    9. Richard Wigglesworth
    1. Alex Corbisiero
    2. Rob Webber
    3. David Wilson
    4. Joe Launchbury
    5. Dave Attwood
    6. Tom Johnson
    7. Matt Kvesic
    8. Ben Morgan

    16. David Paice
    17. Joe Marler
    18. Henry Thomas
    19. Kearnan Myall
    20. Billy Vunipola
    21. Haydn Thomas
    22. Jonny May
    23. Kyle Eastmond

  3. A fine mix of inner-city kids from areas of socio-economic deprivation who were all educated within the comprehensive system.

    The rfu again showing how English rugby is a world-leader in setting the standard for egalitarianism and non-elitism.

    1. And Wales picked Alex Cuthbert, who was into show jumping before he played rugby. A good, hones, salt of the earth, working class pursuit.

      But then Alex Cuthbert is actually English, so there’s your caveat.

    2. It isn’t elitist to pick the best people regardless of where they are from. It would be elitist to pick people who aren’t the best because they are upper class. These guys are the best for England

    3. To be fair, England do set the standard for egalitarianism and non-elitism.

      It is often forgotten (or ignored) that the majority of England players who spend time at fee paying institutions, do so because of their Rugby (or other sporting) ability.

      Private schools offer places to outstanding young Athletes irrespective of their backgrounds. It is good business/marketing for them as it raises their profile with their target market (ie those with money to pay for their childrens education).

      1. “set the standard for egalitarianism and non-elitism”

        Uh? I’m fine with England picking the best players. I’m fine with them giving free private education to talented boys, milking regions/comps/clubs of their best players. I’m also fine with it still being the case that there is a bit of “posh-boy-ness” in the English game – it’s historical and it would take a revolution to change it. If I was English I wouldn’t be bothered by the name calling about this.

        But “setting the standard”? In what way do they do something, anything, about this that indicates they set the standard? That would imply doing something “better” than ire/wal/fra/sco/etc.?

  4. Looking forward to seeing this side play, should be a pretty open game so plenty of chances to impress.

  5. Looking forward to it, would have loved to see Daly play 13. Can’t see how Trinder is touring ahead of him.

  6. Alan,

    Cuthbert’s mother is from Wrexham.

    But England have 2 SH players in their team v the BaaBaas.

    ‘Do your research!’ as Paxman was told in on newsnight.

  7. Brighty, I have twice tried to respond to this, but both replies seem to be lost in cyberspace.

    Anyway, short answer, is that I was para-phrasing Engels (something I never thought I would do!), with a little poetic licence. So no, I don’t really think that the English “set” the standard, but I do believe that there is a very good system within England to enable talented players from all backgrounds to succeed.

  8. Brighty

    ‘If I was English….’ grammatically, shouldn’t it be ‘were’ not ‘was’, as this is a supposition? Yr being an expert on grammar as well and all that.

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