Baa-baas bolster their ranks

Date published: August 31 2015

The Barbarians have added new players from Italy, Argentina and the USA to their squad for Saturday's clash with Worcester Warriors at Sixways.

The famous invitation club made history last weekend by beating Samoa 27-24 in the first match played at the London Olympic stadium.

Carlos Spencer now takes over the lead coach role from Jamie Joseph as the group head for Sixways on Saturday, September 5, with seven newcomers on board.

Veteran USA flanker Todd Clever, Argentina hooker Eusebio Guiñazu, Argentinian lock Anibal Panceyra-Garrido and Italy prop Lorenzo Romano join the forwards.

There are two new scrum-halves joining the group following the arrival of Italy’s Paul Griffen and Fabio Semenzato along with 6ft 3in Italy centre Roberto Quartaroli. A further backline addition will be made in due course.

Adam Thomson and Ben Tapuai – who both scored twice against Samoa – remain in an experienced squad that also includes multiple cap winners like New Zealand’s Ali Williams (77), Australia’s Benn Robinson (72) and South Africa’s Pierre Spies (53).

Barbarians squad:

Tom English (Melbourne Rebels), Paul Griffen (Calvisano and Italy), Mike Harris (Melbourne Rebels and Australia), Wynand Olivier (Montpellier and South Africa), Roberto Quartaroli (Fiamme Oro and Italy), Fabio Semenzato (Benetton Treviso and Italy), Dom Shipperley (Melbourne Rebels), Dwayne Sweeney (Munakata Sanix Blues), Ben Tapuai (Western Force and Australia).

Todd Clever (Old Mission BAC and USA), Eusebio Guiñazu (Munster and Argentina), Carl Hayman (New Zealand), Allister Hogg (Newcastle Falcons and Scotland), Luke Jones (Melbourne Rebels), Tolu Latu (Waratahs), Anibal Panceyra-Garrido (Tala), Benn Robinson (Waratahs and Australia), Lorenzo Romano (Viadana and Italy), Pierre Spies (Blue Bulls and South Africa), Adam Thomson (Queensland Reds and New Zealand), Kyle Traynor (Bristol and Scotland), Ali Williams (New Zealand).