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Barbarians Starting Team To Face England Is Ridiculously Exciting

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Thierry Dusautoir of France poses with the RBS Six Nations trophy during the RBS Six Nations Launch at The Hurlingham Club on January 25, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images for RBS)

England face the Barbarians this weekend before their summer tour of Argentina this summer. It is an opportunity for some fringe players to make an impression on Eddie Jones, with the marquee names New Zealand-bound with Warren Gatland’s Lions squad.

The Baa-baas have named an exciting side, with a wealth of talent at their disposal.

Some players of note on the team include Alex Goode at fullback, Adam Ashley-Cooper on the wing and Ian Madigan at out-half.

The flanker pairing of Thierry Dusatoir and Steffon Armitage will also be keenly observed.

Barbarians team to face England:

15 Alex Goode (Saracens & England)
14 Timoci Nagusa (Montpellier & Fiji)
13 Yann David (Toulouse & France)
12 Frans Steyn (Montpellier & South Africa)
11 Adam Ashley-Cooper (Bordeaux-Begles & Australia)
10 Ian Madigan (Bordeaux-Begles & Ireland)
9 Kahn Fotualiā€™i (Bath Rugby & Samoa)
1 Mikheil Nariashvili (Montpellier & Georgia)
2 Richard Hibbard (Gloucester & Wales)
3 Census Johnston (Toulouse & Samoa)
4 Patricio Albacete (Toulouse & Argentina)
5 Jeremy Thrush (Gloucester & New Zealand)
6 Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse & France, captain)
7 Steffon Armitage (Pau & England)
8 Facundo Isa (Lyon & Argentina)


16 Schalk Brits (Saracens & South Africa)
17 Ben Franks (London Irish & New Zealand)
18 WP Nel (Edinburgh & Scotland)
19 Joe Tekori (Toulouse & Samoa)
20 Gillian Galan (Toulouse)
21 Ruan Pienaar (Ulster & South Africa)
22 Robbie Fruean (Bath Rugby)
23 Horacio Agulla (Castres & Argentina)

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.