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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Donncha O'Callaghan among Irish quartet called up by Barbarians for Thomond Park clash

Donncha O'Callaghan. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/SPORTSFILE
Donncha O'Callaghan. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/SPORTSFILE

Munster legend Donncha O'Callaghan will return to Thomond Park this Friday and will don the white and black of the Barbarians against Tonga.

The Worcester lock, who recently announced his intention to retire at the end of the season, will be joined by Munster props Brian Scott and James Cronin and Leinster flanker Jordi Murphy.

Also added to the group following Saturday’s 31-22 defeat against New Zealand are British & Irish Lions lock Geoff Parling, giant Australia wing Taqele Naiyaravoro and Castres flier David Smith.

Cronin said: "I was watching the (New Zealand) game on TV at the weekend and chatting with my buddies about it, and it’s a special thing. You get to wear your club socks and represent where you’re from, and it’s such a prestigious club. It’s an opportunity everyone wants."

The debate over which socks Scott will wear has already started within his family, with the Presentation Brothers College, University College Cork, Dolphin and Youghal all having claims.

He said: “I know what a great honour it is to play for the Barbarians and I’ve seen some unbelievable players over the years and I know what a privilege it is to wear the shirt. There are players coming in from all round the world, all great players, and it’s fantastic to be involved and to do it at Thomond Park."



Willie Britz (Sunwolves)

Sam Carter (Brumbies & Australia)

James Cronin (Munster)

Simone Favaro (Fiamme Oro)

Jordi Murphy (Leinster)

Donncha O’Callaghan (Worcester Warriors)

Geoff Parling (Munakata Sanix Blues)

Brian Scott (Munster)

Ruan Smith (Toyota Verblitz)

Adriaan Strauss (Bulls & South Africa)

Akker van der Merwe (Sharks)

Jacques van Rooyen (Lions)


Vince Aso (Hurricanes)

George Bridge (Crusaders)

Richard Buckman (Highlanders)

Robert du Preez (Stormers)

Andy Ellis (Kobelco Steelers & New Zealand)

Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs & Australia)

Julian Savea (Hurricanes & New Zealand)

David Smith (Castres)

Nic Stirzaker (Rebels)

Harold Vorster (Lions)

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