A host of star names from Saracens will be joining the Barbarians camp on Monday as the famous club begins preparations for the Quilter Cup.
From internationals who have represented their country throughout the age groups, to exciting rising stars and a British & Irish Lion, the players announced on Friday add strength and depth to the squad taking shape ahead of next week’s camp.
A further eight Sarries will now join up with the Baa-baas with Sean Maitland, Alex Lewington, Tim Swinson, Joel Kpoku, Calum Clark, Dom Morris, Juan Pablo Socino, Tom Woolstencroft joining the squad.
They will join team-mates Richard Wigglesworth, Jackson Wray and Manu Vunipola alongside former Harlequins and England captain Chris Robshaw.
Barbarian president John Spencer said: “We are absolutely delighted for these fine players to join us ahead of the Quilter Cup.
“It is a very exciting group of players, with experience across the board and we’re looking forward to welcoming them into the Barbarians family.
“There will be familiar faces all round, as well as new friendships forged as always happens when the Barbarians come together.”
Returning Barbarians. head coach Vern Cotter said: “The addition of these eight players into the squad bring an exciting mix of versatility, experience and youth.
“We are collecting a very strong mix of players and are looking forward to getting together in camp next week and creating a Barbarians team that will deliver the brand of rugby with flair, passion and excitement for which we’re known across the world.”
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