Sam Tomkins set to make unprecedented appearance for the Barbarians

Sam Tomkins is in line to become the first ever contracted Rugby League player to represent the Barbarians when they play Australia next weekend.

The inclusion of the Wigan full-back, 22, quickly follows the cross-code switch of his older brother and teammate, Joel, to Saracens.

Following Joel’s move the Warriors acted quickly to tie Sam down to a contract until 2016 but chairman Ian Lenegan has sanctioned his release for the game.

His selection will be confirmed tomorrow when the Barbarians announce their squad for the Twickenham match.

by Tom James

11 thoughts on “Sam Tomkins set to make unprecedented appearance for the Barbarians

  1. Very exciting. Interesting to see how he gets on. Will obviously struggle with rucks and the breakdown if he gets caught up but as a runner from full back he’s lethal.

  2. Should be a very interesting encounter. A truly fantastic player to watch. Will be interesting to see how he copes.

  3. Not a bad squad…

    Sam Tomkins (England RL), Bryan Habana (South Africa), Isaia Toeava (New Zealand), Robbie Fruean (Crusaders), Stirling Mortlock (Australia), Richard Kahui (New Zealand), Seru Rabeni (Fiji), Danny Cipriani (England), Peter Stringer (Ireland), Nemia Kenatale (Fiji), Keven Mealamu (New Zealand), Adriaan Strauss (South Africa), Salvatore Perugini (Italy), Sylvain Marconnet (France), Eusebio Guinazu (Argentina), Victor Matfield (South Africa), Simon Shaw (England), Marco Bortolami (Italy), Jason White (Scotland), Jerome Kaino (New Zealand), Adam Thomson (New Zealand), Mauro Bergamasco (Italy).

  4. Very interesting – as fantastic a player as he is, i wonder if he would be wasted in Union, it would be a shame to see a player with his skills stuck out to rot on the wing.

    Might actually be a good thing for League, as i can imagine it will do him wonders to play in a team, albeit in a different code, packed full of players and coachs who are used to beating the Aussies.

    1. From what I’ve read/seen its same old. Glimpses of talent sandwiched between missing tackles/giving interceptions.

  5. Great news! hes just what you want to see in a babas game. If he gets space he’ll be lethal.

    He could easily get caught out ala Sonny Bill. If at full back Berrick Barnes could pepper him (with Digby, O’conner and AAC chasing) it could be a long day. He didn’t look too good under the high ball in the 4N final. Hopefully he can rise to the challenge! I would probably bring him off the bench when the game is a little broken up.

  6. On a similar cross code theme, i have heard serious rumors that Manu might be of to League, apparently in talks with St Helens

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