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The Barbarians have named their team for this weekend’s hugely anticipated clash with England at Twickenham.
Harlequins and former Wallabies captain James Horwill will lead a Baa Baas team packed full of Test internationals including the likes of Joe Marler, Malakai Fekitoa, Rhys Webb, Steven Luatua and Charles Piutau
Head coach Pat Lam says he is excited about the game as the Barbarians look to repeat last year’s sensational victory over the Red Rose.
“We’ve got really good experience across the board and it’s great that there are nine different countries represented,” he said.
“We’re also delighted to have James Horwill on board — he’s had a tremendous career at the top of the game and to give him the opportunity to play his last professional game of rugby with us is pleasing.
“Overall we’ve selected experience and size up front, exciting players who can make things happen from nothing, and we have some firepower out wide.
“This is a unique team with quality players and it will only play together this one time. So as per last year, I’ll be setting out to get our preparation right on and off the field to ensure we come together as brothers in a short amount of time to hopefully be a world class team on Sunday.”
Barbarians: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Niyi Adeolokun, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Mark Atkinson, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Viliame Mata, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Chris Vui, 4 James Horwill (c), 3 John Afoa, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Joe Marler
Replacements: 16 David Heffernan, 17 Piere Schoeman, 18 Finlay Bealham, 19 Facundo Isa, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Rhodri Williams, 22 Brock James, 23 Filipo Nakosi
Date: Sunday, June 2
Kick-off: 15:30 BST (14:30 GMT)
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Alex Ruiz (France), Andrew Brace (Ireland)
TMO: Olly Hodges (Ireland)