O'Kelly and Quinlan to face Ireland
June 1, 2010
Mal O'Kelly starts for the Baa Baas © PA Photos
Malcolm O'Kelly and Alan Quinlan will face some familiar faces on Friday night when they roll out to face Ireland in the colours of the Barbarians.
The forward duo will start for the Baa Baas as they attempt to storm Thomond Park, while Munster fullback Paul Warwick will also be on familiar turf at his home ground. O'Kelly will retire at the end of season, having won 92 caps for Ireland in glittering career.
Xavier Rush will again captain the invitational side as they look to improve on last weekend's Twickenham defeat to England. Paul Sackey, who scored a brace against his former team-mates, has been bracketed on the bench as he continues to recover from a hamstring problem.
In the wake of the Guinness Premiership and Top 14 finals last weekend, there are two new faces in the form of Saracens' Schalk Brits at hooker and Clermont Auvergne's Brock James at fly-half. Wallabies legend George Smith starts in place of Martyn Williams in the back-row while Pierre Mignoni joins James at halfback, replacing Byron Kelleher.
Barbarians: Paul Warwick (Munster); Cedric Heymans (Toulouse), Casey Laulala (Cardiff Blues), Seru Rabeni (Leeds Carnegie), David Smith (Hurricanes); Brock James (Clermont Auvergne), Pierre Mignoni (Toulon); David Barnes (Bath), Schalk Brits (Saracens), Census Johnston (Toulouse), Jerome Thion (Biarritz), Malcolm O'Kelly (Leinster), Alan Quinlan (Munster), George Smith (Brumbies), Xavier Rush (Cardiff Blues, capt)
Replacements: Benoit August (Biarritz), Julian White (Leicester Tigers), Rodney So'oialo (Hurricanes), Martyn Williams (Cardiff Blues), Byron Kelleher (Toulouse), Jean-Baptiste Elissalde (Toulouse), Paul Sackey (London Wasps) or Fabrice Estebanez (Brive)
"The fairytale continued right to the end for the magic man." Tom Hamilton reports on the game that saw Brian O'Driscoll bid adieu with the Six Nations title
"It is a sign of how far this England team have come that they looked disappointed at the full-time whistle having just put 52 points on Italy." Tom Hamilton writes
We bring together a selection of the best pictures from the final round of the Six Nations and one which ended in Irish victory
"Some people have it from day one and Brian did." Tom Hamilton talks to the two players who made their Ireland debuts alongside Brian O'Driscoll back in June 1999