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Hook to face British and Irish Lions

07th May 2013 09:29


2009 - James Hook of the British and Irish Lions kicks a late match-winning penalty against Western Province

Named: James Hook

The Barbarians have announced 22 players who will play in their eagerly-anticipated matches against England and the 2013 British and Irish Lions.

Included in the latest batch of star names to confirm their availability are former Lions James Hook, Dwayne Peel and Matthew Rees, All Blacks Joe Rokocoko and Nick Evans, four members of Italy's Six Nations team - Sergio Parisse, Martin Castrogiovanni, Leonardo Ghiraldini and Alessandro Zanni - and Springbok forwards BJ Botha, Marco Wentzel and Francois Louw.

In all, ten different nationalities are represented, including two new flying wings, United States Eagle Takudzwa Ngwenya and Hong Kong's Sevens' skipper Rowan Varty plus Samoa's world-class scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i.

In the best Barbarians' tradition two uncapped players have been invited - Kiwi full-back Jared Payne, currently with Ulster after several seasons of Super Rugby with the Crusaders and Blues, and former England U20 flank Sam Jones.

"Our selection process has taken several months and is still not quite complete. Over the next week or so we will be monitoring the domestic play-off matches in Europe and the various national squads for the summer tours," said team manager Derek Quinnell.

"Also, one or two players in the squad announced today may not be available for both of our matches so we expect to add other significant names to the team in the near future."

The Barbarians kick-off their tour against England at Twickenham on May 26 before flying to Hong Kong for the historic encounter against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday, June 1.

Barbarians squad:

Backs: Jared Payne (Ulster), Rowan Varty (DeA Tigers and Hong Kong), Takudzwa Ngwenya (Biarritz Olympique and USA), Joe Rokocoko (Bayonne and New Zealand), James Hook (Perpignan and Wales), Nick Evans (Harlequins and New Zealand), Kahn Fotuali'i (Ospreys and Samoa), Dwayne Peel (Sale Sharks and Wales), Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz Olympique and France).

Forwards: Duncan Jones (Ospreys and Wales), BJ Botha (Munster and South Africa), Paul James (Bath Rugby and Wales), Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester and Italy), Matthew Rees (Scarlets and Wales), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Benetton Treviso and Italy), Marco Wentzel (London Wasps and South Africa), Jim Hamilton (Gloucester Rugby and Scotland), Francois Louw (Bath Rugby and South Africa), Sam Jones (London Wasps), Alessandro Zanni (Benetton Treviso and Italy), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais and Italy), Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz Olympique and France).

Coach: David Young
Player/Assistant Coach: Mike Tindall (Gloucester and England)