A trio of Saracens are the latest names to be announced for Barbarian F.C. for the forthcoming Quilter Cup against England on Sunday 25 October.
Jackson Wray and Manu Vunipola will be joined by Saracens legend Richard Wigglesworth, with the trio chalking up a collective appearance figure of over 500 between them.
Wigglesworth will be returning to HQ after 250 appearances for his club and 33 for England.
The versatile back said: “This feels such a fitting way to bring this season to a close. It will be a real honour to run out in the Black and White against Eddie’s England side. 2019/20 has been a strange and challenging time for us as players, but capping it off by becoming a Barbarian is something I will look back on with great pride.”
Hugely influential at scrum-half through Saracen’s most successful period, Wigglesworth won nine trophies across the domestic and European game. His made his England debut against France in the 2008 RBS Six Nations, scoring a 79th-minute try to help England to a 24-13 win in Paris. After playing his 250th and final match for Saracens, he has brough to a close a decade at the North London club, becoming the Premiership’s all-time appearance holder.
Saracens teammates Jackson Wray and Manu Vunipola will run out alongside Wigglesworth for the England match-up.
Wray, a stalwart back-rower, recently penned a new three-year deal to stay with Saracens as they look to their Championship campaign, the start date of which is yet to be confirmed.
The trio join Vern Cotter’s squad alongside Chris Robshaw, with more players to be announced later this week.
The Quilter Cup takes place on Sunday 25 October 2020 and will be played behind closed doors at Twickenham Stadium. Watch live on Sky as England take on the mighty Barbarians in the first international game back at Twickenham since the suspension of the Guinness Six Nations in March.
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