Ian Madigan named at fly-half in Barbarians team to face England
Vern Cotter has named Ireland international Ian Madigan at fly-half in the Barbarians team to play England at Twickenham this Sunday.
Madigan will partner Bath scrum-half Kahn Fotuali’i in the halves with outgoing Ulster scrum-half Ruan Pienaar to provide cover for both positions from the bench.
Led by former France captain Thierry Dusatoir, Cotter has named players from 11 different countries with 599 international appearances between them in the starting line-up.
The former Scotland coach has named an experienced front-row with Georgian loosehead prop Mikheil Nariashvili and Samoan tighthead Census Johnston partnering Wales international Richard Hibbard at hooker, while in the second-row, Argentina lock Patricio Albacete will pack in beside 12-cap All Black Jeremy Thrush.
In a very dynamic backrow, Dusatoir will join former England international Steffon Armitage at flanker while 2016 Argentine Player of the Year Facundo Isa will anchor the pack at number eight.
In the backline Montpellier utility Frans Steyn will partner France international Yann David in the centres, while Wallabies winger Adam Ashley-Cooper will play alongside Fijian winger Timoci Nagusa with Saracens and England international Alex Goode rounding out the back three at full-back.
The Barbarians will play England at Twickenham before taking on Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on June 1.
BARBARIANS (v England, Twickenham Stadium, May 28, 3pm)
15 Alex Goode (Saracens & England) 21 caps
14 Timoci Nagusa (Montpellier & Fiji) 24
13 Yann David (Toulouse & France) 4
12 Frans Steyn (Montpellier & South Africa) 53
11 Adam Ashley-Cooper (Bordeaux-Begles & Australia) 116
10 Ian Madigan (Bordeaux-Begles & Ireland) 30
9 Kahn Fotuali’i (Bath Rugby & Samoa) 31
1 Mikheil Nariashvili (Montpellier & Georgia) 41
2 Richard Hibbard (Gloucester & Wales) 41
3 Census Johnston (Toulouse & Samoa) 59
4 Patricio Albacete (Toulouse & Argentina) 57
5 Jeremy Thrush (Gloucester & New Zealand)12
6 Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse & France, captain) 80
7 Steffon Armitage (Pau & England) 5
8 Facundo Isa (Lyon & Argentina) 25
16 Schalk Brits (Saracens & South Africa) 10
17 Ben Franks (London Irish & New Zealand) 47
18 WP Nel (Edinburgh & Scotland) 15
19 Joe Tekori (Toulouse & Samoa) 34
20 Gillian Galan (Toulouse)
21 Ruan Pienaar (Ulster & South Africa) 88
22 Robbie Fruean (Bath Rugby)
23 Horacio Agulla (Castres & Argentina) 63