Barbarians Add Five Players To Squad Including All Blacks Legend For Ulster Clash
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Victor Vito has joined the Barbarians squad for their game against Ulster in Belfast on June 1.
The All Blacks flanker is one of five players added to the group following the invitation side’s 28-14 defeat against England at Twickenham. Vito is joined by two of his La Rochelle teammates, playmaker Brock James and prop Vincent Pelo.
Full-back Jean-Marcellin Buttin comes in from Bordeaux-Bègles and veteran Scotland lock Nathan Hines from Montpellier. Ruan Pienaar, a second half replacement against England, has returned to join the Ulster side for the first meeting of the teams since 1957.
Backs: Horacio Agulla (Castres & Argentina), Jean-Marcellin Buttin (Bordeaux-Begles & France), Kahn Fotuali’i (Bath & Samoa), Robbie Fruean (Bath), Alex Goode (Saracens & England), Brock James (La Rochelle), Rory Kockott (Castres & France), Ian Madigan (Bordeaux-Bègles & Ireland), Waisea Nayacalevu (Stade Francais & Fiji), David Smith (Castres)
Forwards: Patricio Albacete (Toulouse & Argentina), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse & France), Corey Flynn (Star RFC & New Zealand), Victor Vito (La Rochelle), Richard Hibbard (Gloucester & Wales), Nathan Hines (Montpellier), Facundo Isa (Lyon & Argentina), Census Johnston (Toulouse & Samoa), Chris King (Pau), Vincent Pelo (La Rochelle & France), Mike Ross (Leinster & Ireland), Joe Tekori (Toulouse & Samoa), Jeremy Thrush (Gloucester & New Zealand)