Wednesday 21 February 2018

Stringer the only Irish player in the Baa-Baa’s team to face Australia

PETER Stringer has been named in the Barbarians squad to face Australia next Saturday at Twickenham.

Ten nations are represented in the Baa-Baas squad and former Ireland international and Munster star Stringer the only Irish player involved.

All Blacks Richard Kahui and Keven Mealamu are also in line to play in a side that will be coached by RWC-winning coach Graham Henry and his assistant Steve Hansen.

Sam Tomkins, the Wigan and England rugby league player, is a surprise inclusion in the squad.

The 22-year-old switches codes having played in last weekend's rugby league Four Nations final for England against Australia.

Barbarians' secretary Alan Evans said that no Wales players would be involved as all home-based players will be involved in a training camp prior to their clash with Australia on December 3.

Barbarians face Australia at Twickenham on Saturday next at 2.35pm.

Barbarians: Sam Tomkins (England RL), Bryan Habana (South Africa), Isaia Toeava (New Zealand), Robbie Fruean (Crusaders), Stirling Mortlock (Australia), Richard Kahui (New Zealand), Seru Rabeni (Fiji), Danny Cipriani (England), Peter Stringer (Ireland), Nemia Kenatale (Fiji), Keven Mealamu (New Zealand), Adriaan Strauss (South Africa), Salvatore Perugini (Italy), Sylvain Marconnet (France), Eusebio Guinazu (Argentina), Victor Matfield (South Africa), Simon Shaw (England), Marco Bortolami (Italy), Jason White (Scotland), Jerome Kaino (New Zealand), Adam Thomson (New Zealand), Mauro Bergamasco (Italy).

Australia: Ben Alexander, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Berrick Barnes, Pekahou Cowan, Dave Dennis, Anthony Faingaa, Will Genia, Scott Higginbotham, Matt Hodgson, Rob Horne, James Horwill (capt), Digby Ioane, Ben Lucas, Salesi Ma'afu, Ben McCalman, Stephen Moore, James O'Connor, Nick Phipps, David Pocock, Tatafu Polota Nau, Radike Samo, Nathan Sharpe, Rob Simmons, James Slipper, Ben Tapuai, Lachie Turner.

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