Saturday, May 30, 2009

Rugby Match: Young England take on the Barbarians

England v Barbarians (UK) RFC at Twickenham

Referee: Romain Poite (France)

Although not a test match, this fixture is a good warm-up for an England side about to do battle with the full-blooded Argentineans.

With a number of English players either with the Lions in South Africa or injured, Martin Johnson has taken the opportunity introduced a few new players to international rugby.

The Barbarians is made up of mostly hardened veterans who may lack a pace or two for this stage of their careers. It will be Martin Corry's last game of rugby. An interesting inclusion on the bench is 37 year-old Mike Catt.

Prediction: The oldies, much to the annoyance of Martin Johnson who will not be venturing to play open rugby,to fling the ball all over the park, enjoying themselves, entertaining the crowd, and to win by 10 points.


15 Delon Armitage (London Irish)
14 Ben Foden (Northampton)
13 Jamie Noon (Newcastle)
12 Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins)
11 Matt Banahan (Bath)
10 Andy Goode (Brive)
9 Danny Care (Harlequins)
8 Nick Easter (Harlequins)
7 Lewis Moody (Leicester)
6 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
5 Louis Deacon (Leicester)
4 Steve Borthwick (Saracens, capt)
3 David Wilson (Newcastle)
2 Dylan Harltey (Northampton)
1 Tim Payne (Wasps).
16 Steve Thompson (Brive)
17 Nick Wood (Gloucester)
18 Chris Jones (Sale Sharks)
19 Steffon Armitage (London Irish)
20 James Haskell (Wasps)
21 Paul Hodgson (London Irish)
22 Tom May (Newcastle)
Head Coach: Martin Johnson

15 Ben Blair (Cardiff Blues & New Zealand)
14 Doug Howlett (Munster & New Zealand)
13 Josh Lewsey (London Wasps & England)
12 Gordon D'Arcy (Leinster & Ireland)
11 Iain Balshaw (Gloucester Rugby & England)
10 Glen Jackson (Saracens)
9 Justin Marshall (Saracens & New Zealand)
8 Rocky Elsom (Leinster & Australia)
7 Serge Betsen (London Wasps & France)
6 Jerry Collins (Toulon & New Zealand)
5 Chris Jack (Saracens & New Zealand)
4 Martin Corry, Capt. (Leicester Tigers & England)
3 Greg Somerville (Gloucester Rugby & New Zealand)
2 Schalk Brits (Stormers & South Africa)
1 Clarke Dermody (London Irish & New Zealand).
16 Sebastien Bruno (Sale Sharks & France)
17 B J Botha (Ulster & South Africa)
18 Paul Tito (Cardiff Blues)
19 Phil Waugh (Waratahs & Australia)
20 Chris Whitaker (Leinster & Australia)
21 Mike Catt (London Irish & England)
22 Ratu Nasiganiyavi (Waratahs).

1 comment:

  1. Good win to Barbaas. I didn't see the game but I hope they won in their 'traditional' style. Would Barbarians v All Blacks 1973 be their most famous game?