TIBCO Challenge Match: Saturday, May 28England 39 Barbarians 52, TwickenhamScorers: England: Tries: Sanderson, Erinle, Sackey 2, Forrester; Cons: Goode 2, Vesty 2; Pens: Goode 2Barbarians: Tries: Halstead, Spencer, Russell 2, Sailor 2, Reihana 2; Cons: Reihana 6
O'Connor's first outing since fracturing a hand last month was a successful one as he foraged well up front against England's shadow squad.
David Humphreys, Ireland's captain on their forthcoming tour to Japan, also came on at the death to help the Baa-Baas see out their comfortable eight-try win.
Of other note was the contribution of Munster's recent acquisition, South African Trevor Halstead.
The Natal Sharks centre got in on the end of a Brent Russell break to touch down in the second half, and although some of his tackling was suspect, his display was an encouraging one.
ENGLAND: Tom Voyce (Wasps); Paul Sackey (Wasps), Ayoola Erinle (Wasps), Jamie Noon (Wasps), James Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester); Andy Goode (Leicester), Andy Gomarsall (Gloucester); Mike Worsley (Harlequins), George Chuter (Leicester), Micky Ward (Newcastle), Louis Deacon (Leicester), Tom Palmer (Leeds), Chris Jones (Sale), Pat Sanderson (Worcester) (Capt), Hugh Vyvyan (Saracens).
Replacements used: Robbie Morris (Northampton) for Ward (16 mins), Lee Mears (Bath) for Worseley (54), Peter Richards (Wasps) for Gomarsall (57), Sam Vesty (Leicester) for Goode (61), James Forrester (Gloucester) for Jones (66), Stuart Hooper (Leeds) for Palmer (71), Mathew Tait (Newcastle) for Sackey (75).
(15) Brent Russell (South Africa)(14) Wendell Sailor (Australia)(13) Thomas Castaignede (France)
Replacements used: Andrea Lo Cicero (Italy) for Visagie, AJ Venter (South Africa) for Boome (both half-time), Bryan Redpath (Scotland) for Robinson (57-70 mins), Raphael Ibanez (France) for Regan (60), Matt Burke (Newcastle) for Castaignede (63), Semo Sititi (Samoa) for Chabal (66), David Humphreys (Ulster/Ireland) for Russell (75).
HT: England 13 Barbarians 17; Attendance: 31,253Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)