Barbarians finalise summer squad
May 15, 2013
Schalk Brits will be on Barbarians duty come the summer © Getty Images
The Barbarians have confirmed the 28-man squad that will take on England and the British & Irish Lions this summer.
The squad is a blend of experienced, battle-hardened internationals and those who are towards the start of their rugby career. Dai Young will preside over the squad and will work alongside player/coach Mike Tindall.
Alongside the previous batch of players, the Baabaas have called up six more players for duty with Italy prop Andrea Lo Cicero and Saracens hooker Schalk Brits both included. They have also drafted in ex-Wallaby second-row Dean Mumm and monster flanker Samu Manoa. In the backs, Timoci Nagusa is handed a call-up alongside Wasps promising youngster Elliot Daly.
"We are very pleased with the final composition and strength of the squad," tour manager Derek Quinnell said. "Obviously because of play-off finals in Ireland and England on May 25 a handful of players will not be available for the first match against England but we have covered that by inviting 28 players. We also believe there is a healthy balance between proven test experience and promising young talent who will benefit enormously from the experience."
Forwards: Duncan Jones (Ospreys and Wales), B J Botha (Munster and South Africa), Paul James (Bath Rugby and Wales), Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester and Italy), Andrea Lo Cicero (Racing Metro 92 and Italy), Matthew Rees (Scarlets and Wales), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Benetton Treviso and Italy), Schalk Brits (Saracens and South Africa), Marco Wentzel (London Wasps and South Africa), Jim Hamilton (Gloucester Rugby and Scotland), Dean Mumm (Exeter Chiefs and Australia), Samu Manoa (Northampton and USA), Francois Louw (Bath Rugby and South Africa), Sam Jones (London Wasps), Alessandro Zanni (Benetton Treviso and Italy), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais and Italy), Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz Olympique and France).
Backs: Jared Payne (Ulster), Rowan Varty (DeA Tigers and Hong Kong), Takudzwa Ngwenya (Biarritz Olympique and USA), Timoci Nagusa (Montpellier and Fiji), Joe Rokocoko (Bayonne and New Zealand), Elliot Daly (London Wasps), James Hook (Perpignan and Wales), Nick Evans (Harlequins and New Zealand), Kahn Fotuali'i (Ospreys and Samoa), Dwayne Peel (Sale Sharks and Wales), Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz Olympique and France).
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