Friday 20 April 2018

Ian Madigan and Mike Ross included in Barbarians squad for games against England and Ulster

Ian Madigan
Ian Madigan
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Ireland will have two representatives on the Barbarians squad for the upcoming games against Ulster and England, with Bristol-bound Ian Madigan and retired Mike Ross.

Head coach Vern Cotter will have a group with 1,018 international appearances between them at his disposal for the challenge against England at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday 28th May before heading to Belfast to take on Ulster at Kingspan Stadium on Thursday, June 1.

The headline additions to the famous invitation side include prop WP Nel (Edinburgh & Scotland), fly half Ian Madigan (Bordeaux Begles & Ireland), hooker Schalk Brits (Saracens & South Africa), and wings Horacio Agulla (Castres & Argentina) and Waisea Nayacalevu (Stade Francais and Fiji).

Also added to a stellar back division are Bath pair Kahn Fotuali'i and Robbie Freuan, Castres duo Rory Kockott and David Smith, and Montpellier's Timosi Nagusa and Frans Steyn.

Nagusa will be making his return to Belfast, having spent two seasons at Ulster from 2008-10, where he made 30 appearances and scored 8 tries.

Joining the forward line-up are props Ben Franks (London Irish & New Zealand), Mike Ross (Leinster & Ireland), and Mikheil Nariashvil (Montpellier and Georgia), hooker Richard Hibbard (Gloucester and Wales) and uncapped Toulouse No.8 Gillian Galan.

The Barbarians' match against Ulster is the first time the sides have met since 1957 but the club enjoyed a successful visit to Belfast last November when they beat Fiji 40-7.

Barbarians squad:

Backs: Horacio Agulla (Castres & Argentina), Adam Ashley-Cooper (Bordeaux Begles & Australia), Yann David (Toulouse and France), Kahn Fotuali'i (Bath Rugby & Samoa), Robbie Freuan (Bath Rugby), Rory Kockott (Castres & France), Ian Madigan (Bordeaux Begles & Ireland), Timoci Nagusa (Montpellier & Fiji), Waisea Nayacalavu (Stade Francais & Fiji), Ruan Pienaar (Ulster & South Africa), David Smith (Castres), Frans Steyn (Montpellier & South Africa).

Forwards: Patricio Albacete (Toulouse & Argentina), Steffon Armitage (Pau & England), Schalk Brits (Saracens & South Africa), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse & France), Corey Flynn (Star RFC & New Zealand), Ben Franks (London Irish & New Zealand), Gillian Galan (Toulouse), Richard Hibbard (Gloucester & Wales), Facundo Isa (Lyon & Argentina), Census Johnston (Toulouse & Samoa), Mikheil Nariashvili (Montpellier & Georgia), WP Nel (Edinburgh & Scotland), Mike Ross (Leinster & Ireland), Joe Tekori (Toulouse & Samoa), Jeremy Thrush (Gloucester & New Zealand).

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