Irish internationals Brian O’Driscoll, Shane Horgan, David Humphreys & Malcolm O’Kelly are all included in the Barbarians starting XV for Sunday’s game against England
Irish internationals Brian O’Driscoll, Shane Horgan, David Humphreys & Malcolm O’Kelly are all included in the Barbarians starting line-up for Sunday’s game against England at Twickenham.
Thomas Castaignede is named at full-back pending a late fitness test but f he cannot play, then Matt Burke will
start at full-back and Breyton Paulse (Western Province/RSA) will come onto the bench.
Veteran England prop Jason Leonard, rugby union’s most-capped
all-time with 114 appearances – will start for the Barbarians in what
to be the 35-year-old Harlequins forward’s final appearance as a
England coach Clive Woodward, will be without those players involved in the Bath v Wasps, Premiership final and and the preceding
play-off match involving Leicester and Sale, and he has opted for an
Front row forward Mark Regan, is the only member of Woodward’s
Cup-winning squad in the England side and the Leeds hooker
was not in
the starting line-up for the final against the Wallabies in Sydney.
However for the likes of uncapped flanker Hugh Vyvyan, who leads the side on Sunday, this match against an all-star Barbarians team
perfect opportunity to show Woodward exactly how good he and his colleagues are.
“This a huge opportunity for all of the players to show what
of. It’s a very young squad and all of us are out to show what we can
the big stage,” Vyvyan said.
In their last outing the touring side were held scoreless by Wales, losing 42-0.
Thomas Castaignede (Saracens/Fra); Shane Horgan (Leinster/Irl),
O’Driscoll (Leinster/Irl), Nathan Grey (NSW/Aus), Bruce Reihana
(Northampton/NZ); David Humphreys (Ulster/Irl), Mark Robinson
(Northampton/NZ); Taine Randell (Saracens/NZ), Andre Vos
Owen Finegan (ACT/Aus); Mark Andrews (Newcastle/RSA), Malcolm O’Kelly
(Leinster/Irl); Cobus Visagie (Saracens/RSA), Anton Oliver
Jason Leonard (Harlequins/Eng)
Replacements: Matt Sexton (Ulster), Greg Feek (Auckland/NZ),
(Montferrand/Fra), Bobby Skinstad (Newport/RSA), Neil de Kock
Province/RSA), Damien Traille (Pau/Fra), Matthew Burke (NSW/Aus)
Michael Horak (London Irish); Paul Sackey (London Irish), Jamie
(Newcastle), Kevin Sorrell (Saracens), Marcel Garvey (Gloucester);
(Newcastle), Nick Walshe (Sale); Hugh Vyvyan (Newcastle, capt), Andy
(Gloucester) Dan Hyde (Leeds); Alex Brown (Gloucester), Mark Cornwell
(Gloucester); Robbie Morris (Northampton), Mark Regan (Leeds), Mike
Replacements: Chris Fortey (Gloucester), Jon Dawson (Harlequins),
Buxton (Gloucester), Darren Fox (Northampton) Hall Charlton
May (Newcastle), Dan Scarbrough (Leeds)