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Revealed: The greatest ever Barbarians XV

Winger: Jonah Lomu – New Zealand

A global star in his own right after his exploits in Rugby World Cup 1995, Jonah Lomu accepted invitations to play for the Barbarians on the three summer tours between 2000 and 2002. His five tries in four appearances included four in one match against Scotland at Murrayfield in 2001 when he was in particularly devastating form.

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Fly-half: Phil Bennett 

Phil Bennett’s Barbarians’ career will forever be associated with his ‘rabbit in a headlight’ twinkle-toed break from the shadow of his own posts that eventually led to Gareth Edwards’ famous try against the All Blacks in 1973.

But there was much more to the mercurial fly-half’s role within the Club career than that. His 20 appearances places him as the second highest ‘Welsh Barbarian’ – only fellow Llanelli legend R H Williams, with 22, played more times for the Club.

He also scored 181 points in the black-and-white shirt, toured Canada in 1976, played against Scotland, Fiji, Canada and Australia as well as the All Blacks twice, and, for good measure, captained the Club on 10 occasions

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Scrum-half: Gareth Edwards – Wales

Edwards will always be linked with his breathtaking opening try for the Barbarians against New Zealand in 1973. A three-time British Lion, he was an almost automatic choice for the Club in a series of high-profile matches throughout the 1970s.

His eleven appearances included three games against New Zealand plus matches against Fiji, the British Isles, Scotland, Australia and in 1970 as captain against South Africa at Twickenham.

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