4 Dec, 10:19
Grand Slam winners Fiona Coghlan and Nora Stapelton have returned the Women's RBS 6 Nations trophy to Chief Executive John Feehan at the Six Nations offices in Dublin.
England coach Clive Woodward, unable to select players appearing in Saturday's play-off matches or those chosen for the tour party to New Zealand and Australia, which departs Wednesday, saw very few of the new boys make a convincing claim for Test honours.
The Barbarians, badly needing a victory after a 42-0 midweek defeat by Wales in Bristol left some questioning their value in the professional era, outscored England four tries to nil.
Veteran England prop Leonard, the world's most-capped player with 114 Test appearances, got the ball rolling and he was followed over by Ireland wing Horgan, All Black wing Bruce Reihana, South Africa back-row Bobby Skinstad and Ireland lock O'Kelly, who was particularly prominent throughout.
Fly-half David Humphreys, landed two conversions and a penalty.
All a lacklustre England could manage in reply was four penalties from Newcastle outside-half Dave Walder.
In front of a near-capacity crowd of over 70,000, Leonard got the match off to a storybook start. There were just three minutes gone when Harlequins forward Leonard rumbled over following former All Black scrum-half Mark Robinson's break.
Then a dreadful mix-up gifted the Barbarians a second try. Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll punted the ball downfield and into the England in-goal area. There seemed no danger as Michael Horak and Nick Walshe but the England duo missed the ball allowing Horgan, another of Ireland's Triple Crown stars, to pounce.
Walder kicked two penalties but England lacked ideas against a star-studded line-up. The Barbarians, then scored a third try with a smart move. Horgan burst down the left wing and the ball was recycled to Humphreys whose cute inside pass to Reihana in the 25th minute left the England defence totally flat-footed.
Walder landed two more penalties before the break before Humphreys kicked one of his own.
At half-time the Barbarians were 20-12 ahead, a flattering scoreline for England. But in a second period made tricky by increasingly heavy rain, the Barbarians ensured the points total gave a truer picture of the match.
Even when replacement Skinstad was sent to the sin-bin shortly after taking the field, for killing the ball, England failed to capitalise on their man advantage. Instead Skinstad returned to score the Barbarians' fourth try when he intercepted Walder's telegraphed pass and waltzed in under the posts to give Humphreys the simplest of conversions.
Leonard, replaced in the 67th minute, walked off to a standing ovation from the crowd, Woodward included. And there was still time for one more score when O'Kelly came off the back of a maul and dived over.
AFP - 2004.