England XV v Barbarians 2019 Squads

This Sunday, an England XV will take on the Barbarians at Twickenham, and there are plenty of big names on show.

There is also some up-and-coming English talent selected in the squad, some of whom could well be pressing for selection in the Rugby World Cup training squad.

Here are the squads, with the starting lineups to be named later in the week:

England XV backs:
Josh Bassett, Simon Hammersley, Ben Loader, Joe Marchant, Alex Mitchell, Piers O’Conor, Callum Sheedy, Marcus Smith, Ben White, Johnny Williams.

England XV forwards:
Josh Beaumont, Ben Curry, Alex Dombrandt, Tom Dunn, Tom Ellis, Ross Harrison, Teimana Harrison, Paul Hill, Beno Obano, Ehren Painter, Will Spencer, Elliot Stooke, Tommy Taylor.

Barbarians backs:
Mark Atkinson, Malakai Fekitoa, Brock James, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Filipo Nakosi, Charles Piutau, Niyi Adeolokun, Colin Slade, Rhys Webb, Rhodri Williams.

Barbarians forwards:
John Afoa, Finlay Bealham, David Heffernan, Richard Hibbard, James Horwill, Facundo Isa, Francois Louw, Steven Luatua, Joe Marler, Viliame Mata, Liam Messam, Pierre Schoeman, Chris Vui.

There are still tickets available for Sunday, which also include the England Women against the Barbarians Women, which kicks off at 12.45 BST.

Who are you looking forward to seeing in action?

14 thoughts on “England XV v Barbarians 2019 Squads

  1. No one in that England squad will be pressing for a spot in the WC squad. They are the 5th/6th choices with a few good youngsters thrown in. That doesn’t mean there aren’t some good selections – Williams and Marchant at centre deserve some recognition, Dunn at hooker is a consistently effective performer and Ben Curry isn’t that far behind his brother. Ehren Painter and Alex Mitchell have big potential. The next WC is a more realistic target for them and one or two others.
    They will be part of a scratch side up against a very good Baabaas side, who will be very well prepared by Pat Lam.
    I expect them to get a pasting.
    Hopefully a few will emerge with their reputations enhanced.




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    1. I wouldn’t expect anyone to make the final RWC squad, but they might get a call up to the training squad – Marchant, Smith, Beaumont, Curry, Dombrandt, Hill, Obano, Stooke

      A good summer in the training camp, an injury here or there and you never know.




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      1. Perhaps injuries to the SH contingent of Vunipola x2, Hartley, Tui & (potentially & TOT-try scoring-P) Solamona x1? Indeed, ‘you never know’!




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  2. Agreed, I was looking forward to this game but that squad is likely to get destroyed by a very strong Baa Baas team and its taken the interest out of it a bit for me. A little unsure why it’s not being used to look at some fringe players/bolsters tbh.




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  3. Slade, Piatau, Fekitoa, Afoa, luatua & Messam. Slade because he was unfortunate to be around @ the same time as Carter. Rated him. Piatau, because NZ may have missed a trick by letting him go. Fekitoa, as he burst on to the Otago scene , deemed to have faded & went offshore to anonymity. Afoa, to see if he can fulfil his dream team billing. Luatua as he too was unlucky.. with McCaw & all that. Finally Messam, to see if he can still assert his mastery. Oh & they are all former AB’s.




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  4. Looking at this team again, I’m getting more annoyed and baffled. I suppose I should wait to see the wider squad for RWC but even then, a number of players could have been selected here that could have given themselves a better chance… Cips, Morgan, Slater, Attwood, Roko, Simpson, Willis to name a few.




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    1. I think those players you name are amongst a group a level down from Eddie’s squad and they have been treated badly. Eddie has overlooked them for a bunch of young players still wet behind the ears that won’t push for selection for several years – remember that tour to Argentina in 2017 when the Lions were in NZ? That was a ridiculous squad, and it means we’re lacking in selectable depth.




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    2. Unfortunately, Jones has become more conservative in his selections & style of play as time has gone on & results by the wayside. His lack of forethought by playing in his ‘English’ way means that England have suffered & many quality players likewise, either by omission or being played out of position. A male Theresa May? What price Rob Baxter?




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  5. I’m not sure about the objectives of this game but it seems to be a challenge for potential England players for the next RWC cycle. If so, it’s logical that the above players E.g. Cips are not included, as he’s now getting on a bit. If it is a developmental side, then it’s interesting too that Jim Mallinder is the head coach.

    It’s one hell of a challenge though to try to beat such a strong Barbarians side. Come on England!




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  6. I love the Barbarians and am looking forward to this one. I’ve always wished they were given more credit and had more current players in the squad but I understand why they don’t. It’s good to see so many NZ players there and I’m hoping they live up to their billing.

    England as per TCee look like players for post RWC. In which case it’s good to see some longer term planning coming into play. I’m hoping they do well and for a great game.




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  7. Tcee, I think you are probably right but, if this is the plan, it seems wasteful to me. One game against the Barbarians won’t tell us anything about the potential development of these players. They will still be potential England players and, post RWC, we will see if they are options with a run of squad appearances and games. What this game could do is lose that potential opportunity if they get destroyed a la Matt Tait. I think it would be far more beneficial for England, and more respectful to the Baa Baas, to play those just on the edge of the current England RWC squad that could potentially win a place or cement an injury replacement berth from the game.




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