Barbarians name squad to face Spain - including England international - Ruck

Barbarians name squad to face Spain – including England international

England and Northampton Saints flanker Tom Wood will finish his career with a game for the Barbarians against Spain

Former Wales centre Hadleigh Parkes will lead the famous club this weekend while experienced Ireland second-row Devin Toner also starts.

John Spencer, president of Barbarian F.C., said: “We are very much looking forward to this week as we prepare to face Spain next Saturday night.

“The club is buzzing after a wonderful victory over England on Sunday and this new squad, coached by John, are excited to take up the reigns and embody the Barbarians’ ethos and playing style: spirit, passion, courage and flair, united by lifelong friendships.”

BARBARIAN F.C. SQUAD V SPAIN

Forwards: 

Ed Byrne (Ireland, Leinster), Scott Baldwin (Wales, Ospreys), Charlie Faumuina (New Zealand, Toulouse), Devin Toner (Ireland, Leinster), Steve Mafi (Tonga, Oyonnax), Rob Harley (Scotland, Glasgow), James Botham (Wales, Cardiff), Abraham Papali’i (Cannaught), Kirby Myhill (Wales, Cardiff), Wiehahn Herbst (Cell C Sharks), Scott Andrews (Wales, Cardiff), Joe Tekori (Samoa, Toulouse), Dan Baker (Wales, Dragons), Tom Wood (England, Northampton Saints)

Backs: 

Sebastian Bézy (France, ASM Clermont), Tim Nanai-Williams (Samoa, Toulouse), Seabelo Senatla (DHL Stormers), Hadleigh Parkes (C) (Wales, Panasonic Wild Knights), Rey Lee-Lo (Samoa, Cardiff), Adam Byrne (Ireland, Leinster), Rhyno Smith (Benneton), Mathis Galthié (Colomiers), Ahsee Tuala (Samoa, Northampton Saints)

EDITORS PICKS:

Revealed: The greatest ever Barbarians XV

Fullback: Andy Irvine – Scotland

Irvine was one of the great Barbarian servants of the 1970s, scoring 121 points, including 13 tries, in his 16 appearances. An almost automatic choice, he played against the All Blacks in 1974 and 1978 and the Wallabies in 1976. He also toured New England and Canada with the Club in 1976.


Winger: Tony O’Reilly – Ireland

O’Reilly has played more games and scored more tries for the Barbarians than anyone else in the Club’s history. His 38 tries puts him 11 ahead of the second highest try scorer (Rosslyn Park’s uncapped Englishman, Dave McKay) and with 30 games in his career the ‘nearest challengers’ as it were are on 25.


Centre: Jeremy Guscott – England

Guscott’s nine appearances for the Club included two trips to the Hong Kong Sevens in 1990 and 1991 when the Barbarians reached the semi-finals on both occasions. He scored four tries in his seven full matches for the Barbarians including touchdowns against Wales on the Centenary tour in 1990 and England in his final appearance at Twickenham in 2001.

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Centre: Phillipe Sella – France

Sella scored 45 tries in 111 internationals for France. He made his debut for the Baa-baas against Leicester in December 1991 and accepted his second invitation to play in the Peace International against Ireland at Lansdowne Road in 1996 when he scored a try in the Barbarians’ 70-38 victory.

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