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Barbarians head coach Robbie Deans has added South Africa’s Ruan Pienaar for this week’s matches against Ireland and England.

The Ulster scrum-half became available after the Irish province suffered a dramatic 16-14 defeat to Glasgow Warriors in the Guinness PRO12 semi-finals last weekend.

The 80-times capped international is the fourth Ireland-based player to make the 30-man squad along with compatriot Zane Kirchner, who is joined by his Leinster team-mates Jimmy Gopperth and Shane Jennings.

Other high-profile names to accept invitations for the matches in Limerick and London include former England international winger Ugo Monye, and former All Blacks forwards Brad Thorn and Jason Eaton.

Monye, like Rugby World Cup-winning lock Thorn and Ireland flanker Jennings, will be playing for the last time before retiring this summer, and the Harlequins man is looking to go out on a high as the Barbarians celebrate their 125th anniversary.

“It’s always a real honour to play for the Barbarians and to be able to do so at the end of my career will be something very special,” Monye said.

“I want to go out on a high and my goal is to help this great club add to its list of victories against Ireland and England.”

Deans, a former Australia head coach who also coaches the Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan, has included three of his club players in the squad in the exciting shape of former All Black George Whitelock and Japanese internationals Ryu Koliniasi Holani and Yoshikazu Fujita.

Invitations were also accepted by a number of other star names including Lyon and Australia forward George Smith, Bayonne and former New Zealand back Joe Rokocoko, and Cardiff Blues, Wales and British and Irish Lions duo Alex Cuthbert and Adam Jones.

After missing out on a place in England’s Rugby World Cup training squad, Thomas Waldrom – the Aviva Premiership top try-scorer this season – had also been confirmed, while Harlequins hooker David Ward also accepted an invitation.

The Barbarians will take on Ireland at Thomond Park in Limerick on Thursday before heading to Twickenham to take on an England XV on Sunday.

Barbarians squad (30):

Forwards (17): Matías Díaz (Pampas/Argentina), Jason Eaton (La Rochelle/New Zealand), Deon Fourie (Lyon), Shane Jennings (Leinster/Ireland), Pablo Matera (Pampas/Argentina), Konstantin Mikautadze (Toulon/Georgia), Ryu Koliniasi Holani (Panasonic Wild Knights/Japan), Adam Jones (Cardiff Blues/Wales), Rodrigo Capó Ortega (Castres/Uruguay), George Smith (Lyon/Australia), Saimone Taumoepeau (Castres/New Zealand), Rodrigo Tejerizo (Tucumán/Argentina), Brad Thorn (Leicester Tigers/New Zealand), Gerhard Vosloo (Toulon), David Ward (Harlequins), Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs/England), George Whitelock (Panasonic Wild Knights/New Zealand).

Backs (13): Gio Aplon (Grenoble/South Africa), Stephen Brett (Lyon), Tomás Cubelli (Belgrano Ath/Argentina), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues/Wales), Yoshikazu Fujita (Panasonic Wild Knights/Japan), Jimmy Gopperth (Leinster), Zane Kirchner (Leinster/South Africa), Ugo Monye (Harlequins/England), Wynand Olivier (Montpellier/South Africa), Ruan Pienaar (Ulster/South Africa), Tusi Pisi (Suntory Sungoliath/Samoa), Joe Rokocoko (Bayonne/New Zealand), David Smith (Toulon). ... ans-squad/?

Mon May 25, 2015 7:00 am
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England head coach Stuart Lancaster has named and England XV squad to play the Barbarians next Sunday featuring 10 players from his Rugby World Cup training squad.

Players from Bath and Saracens were unavailable for selection due to their qualifiication for the Premiership final while pllayers from Gloucester who will play in the European Rugby Champions Cup play-off final were also unavailable.

The Barbarians match is part of a double-header season finale at the home of England Rugby next weekend which will also see Bath Rugby play Saracens in the Premiership Final.

The 24-man squad includes 10 players from England's World Cup training group, announced earlier this week, including Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons), Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers) and Marland Yarde (Harlequins).

The England side will be captained by the experienced scrum half Lee Dickson who has 18 international caps to his name and also led the England Saxons team to victory against the Irish Wolfhounds in Cork earlier this year.

The Barbarians fixture will also provide an opportunity for those who narrowly missed out on the initial 50-man World Cup squad to impress as well as the chance for a number of up-and-coming players to work with England's senior coaches next week and play against a host of top internationals at Twickenham.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "This is an exciting squad with a good mix of young players who have performed well in the Premiership this season, players on the fringes of the World Cup squad and those already selected.

"It gives us some valuable time together before the training camps begin next month to assess those who could come into the group before the World Cup and also a chance to assess those who should come into the reckoning beyond 2015."

"The Barbarians team is full of quality and experienced internationals who will play together this week against Ireland ahead of our game so it will provide a real test for this group and we are looking forward to that challenge."

Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs) was not considered for selection due to an injury (concussion) he picked up during round 21 of the Premiership.

Last season's fixture saw an experienced Barbarians team beat the England XV side 39-29 in an entertaining eight-try match in front of over 50,000 supporters at Twickenham.

England XV squad to play Barbarians:
Will Chudley (Exeter Chiefs)
Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks)
Elliot Daly (Wasps)
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints) captain
Shane Geraghty (London Irish)
Alex Lewington (London Irish)
Mathew Tait (Leicester Tigers)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
Christian Wade (Wasps)
Marland Yarde (Harlequins)
Josh Beaumont (Sale Sharks)
Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons)
Jack Clifford (Harlequins)
Jake Cooper-Woolley (Wasps)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
Gareth Denman (Northampton Saints)
Jon Fisher (Northampton Saints)
James Gaskell (Wasps)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Matt Mullan (Wasps)
Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers)
Tommy Taylor (Sale Sharks)
Alex Waller (Northampton Saints)
Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)

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Are SKY showing these, please?

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From Walesonline

Adam Jones has revealed his excitement at the prospect of packing down alongside iconic New Zealander Brad Thorn for the Barbarians this week.

The former Wales and Lions tighthead, along with his old team mate wing Alex Cuthbert, is with the invitational outfit for matches against Ireland at Thomond Park this Thursday and England at Twickenham next Sunday, having retired from playing for his country.

Asked who he was looking forward to rubbing shoulders with out of the star-studded Baa-Baas squad, Jones replied: "I don't want to come across too much as a fan but I think probably Brad Thorn. His record speaks for itself.

"If I get the chance to have him shove his hand between my legs in the scrum, well, that will be perfect!"

I trust he won't reveal his excitement to excess ....

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Barbarians 22 Ireland 21

The individual consequences will be more significant after Ireland slipped to a defeat at Thomond Park that will merely be a footnote in history. The Baa-baas were up for it and enjoyed their win, exposing a few understandable glitches in previously untried Irish combinations.

The Baa-baas sought to give it a go in time honoured fashion but Ireland’s recourse to the maul, Greg Garner’s pedantic whistling and the rain were not in keeping with tradition. There may also be repercussions for the yellow card which Jack McGrath earned for kneeing Konstantin Mikautadze in the back.

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Irish citing officer says no charges to be brought against Irish internationals with the RWC round the corner. What a shocker. Irish rugby is absolutely rancidly corrupt.

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