Danny Cipriani and Stephen Jones have both been handed their first Barbarian call ups after the Baa-Baas squad was announced for November’s game against Australia at Twickenham.
Cipriani was excluded from Martin Johnson’s World Cup squad and will join Wales’ number ten in the squad for the game. They are joined by Welsh pair Jamie Roberts and Ryan Jones in the squad.
South African duo Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha are also in the squad which is captained by former Australia back Stirling Mortlock. He will play against is old team mates in the game following his retirement from international rugby.
The game will take place in London on Sunday 26th November and promises to be a mouth watering affair. The Tri-Nations champions will come up against New Zealand pair Sonny Bill Williams and Kevin Mealamu as well.
“My sights are firmly set on a successful Rugby World Cup campaign with South Africa in New Zealand but after that there is no better way to sign off in the northern hemisphere than another game for the Barbarians against international opposition at Twickenham,” Matfield said.
“Our annual autumn matches against South Africa, New Zealand and, this November, Australia are a major attraction in the calendar and that is particularly the case this year with no other pre-Christmas international at Twickenham,” said Barbarians chairman John Spencer.
By Ryan Bailey, @ryanbaileysport