England name squad for Baa-baas

Date published: May 25 2015

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England boss Stuart Lancaster has named 10 players from his Rugby World Cup training group in a squad of 24 to play the Barbarians next Sunday at Twickenham.

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

The other Rugby World Cup training squad members named are 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 fixture will provide an opportunity for those who narrowly missed out on initial selection for the 50-man training squad to press their claims as well as allowing a number of up-and-coming players to work with Lancaster and his senior coaching group.

Players from Saracens and Bath, who will contest the Premiership final the day before, were not considered for selection.

Players from Gloucester are also not available as they will now contest the European Rugby Champions Cup play-off final after beating Connacht on Sunday.

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

"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," said Lancaster.

"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."

The Barbarians, led by head coach Robbie Deans, have assembled a stellar line-up with players from 10 countries and a combined total of 786 caps.

The latest names to be added are former England wing Ugo Monye, who will play his final game before retirement, and New Zealand World Cup winner Brad Thorn.

England squad:

Backs: Will Chudley (Exeter), Danny Cipriani (Sale), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Lee Dickson (capt, Northampton), Shane Geraghty (London Irish), Alex Lewington (London Irish), Mathew Tait (Leicester), Henry Slade (Exeter), Christian Wade (Wasps), Marland Yarde (Harlequins).

Forwards: Josh Beaumont (Sale), Kieran Brookes (Newcastle), Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Jake Cooper-Woolley (Wasps), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter), Gareth Denman (Northampton), Jon Fisher (Northampton), James Gaskell (Wasps), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Ed Slater (Leicester), Tommy Taylor (Sale), Alex Waller (Northampton), Mark Wilson (Newcastle).

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