Barbarians: Eddie Jones adds two more internationals to star-studded squad to face World XV
Barbarians head coach Eddie Jones has added two more players to his squad ahead of the clash against Steve Hansen’s World XV side.
Former Glasgow Warriors and Scotland centre Sam Johnson joins Jones’ charges for this weekend’s Killik Cup clash at Twickenham Stadium as does Toyota Verblitz wing Taichi Takahashi.
Barbarians v World XV
Hansen has also called up former Ireland and Ulster flanker Jordi Murphy, who played his final game for the Irish province in the United Rugby Championship play-offs after announcing his retirement.
Wallabies winger Marika Koroibete was set to line up for the World XV but has been forced to withdraw from this weekend’s fixture and has been replaced by Bayonne and Fiji 7s flyer Kaminieli Rasaku.
Star players from England, Wales, South Africa, New Zealand, Argentina, Australia, Tonga, Japan, Scotland, Fiji and Italy are all involved for the blockbuster clash at Twickenham on Sunday.
The sides contain a total of 1,345 international caps between them. Jones has 667 Test caps worth of experience in his squad, while Hansen can select from 678 international caps.
Rugby World Cup winners, British and Irish Lions tourists and several returning Barbarians feature across both squads.
Former British and Irish Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones is set to turn out for the Baa-baas after recently announcing his retirement from international rugby.
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Meanwhile, Hansen can call upon superstars Charles Piutau and Semi Radradra.
Forwards: Nic Dolly (Leicester Tigers and England), Taulupe Faletau (Cardiff Rugby, Wales, British & Irish Lions), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys, Wales, British & Irish Lions), Stephan Lewies (Harlequins and South Africa), Steven Luatua (Bristol Bears and New Zealand), Enrique Pieretto (Glasgow Warriors and Argentina), Carlu Sadie (Cell C Sharks), Rob Simmons (London Irish and Australia), Harry Thacker (Bristol Bears), Sione Vailanu (Glasgow Warriors and Tonga), Aaron Wainwright (Dragons Rugby and Wales), Alex Waller (Northampton Saints), Tom West (Leicester Tigers), Kai Yamamoto (Tokyo Sungoliath)
Backs: Gareth Anscombe (Ospreys and Wales), Quade Cooper (Hanazono Kintetsu Liners and Australia), Aaron Cruden (Tokyo Sungoliath and New Zealand), Francois Hougaard (Saracens and South Africa), Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors and Scotland), Samu Kerevi (Tokyo Sungoliath and Australia), Tevita Li (Tokyo Sungoliath), Jack Maunder (Exeter Chiefs and England), Adam Radwan (Newcastle Falcons and England), Taichi Takahashi (Toyota Verblitz and Japan), Seta Tamanivalu (Toshiba Brave Lupus and Fiji)
Forwards: Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors and Scotland), Niccolò Cannone (Benetton Rugby and Italy), Elliot Dee (Dragons Rugby and Wales), Allan Dell (Glasgow Warriors and Scotland), Harry Hockings (Tokyo Sungoliath), Wyn Jones (Scarlets Rugby, Wales, British & Irish Lions), Oli Kebble (Glasgow Warriors and Scotland), Michele Lamaro (Benetton Rugby and Italy), Viliame Mata (Edinburgh Rugby and Fiji), Jordi Murphy (Ulster Rugby and Ireland), Sebastian Negri (Benetton Rugby and Italy), Api Ratuniyarawa (London Irish and Fiji), Marcus Street (Exeter Chiefs)
Backs: Bryn Hall (Shizuoka Blue Revs), Adam Hastings (Gloucester Rugby and Scotland), Israel Folau (Urayasu D-Rocks and Tonga), Ngani Laumape (Kobelco Kobe Steelers and New Zealand), Sbu Nkosi (Vodacom Bulls and South Africa), Rhys Patchell (Scarlets Rugby and Wales), Nick Phipps (Green Rockets Tokatsu and Australia), Charles Piutau (Bristol Bears and Tonga), Semi Radradra (Bristol Bears and Fiji), Kaminieli Rasaku (Aviron Bayonnais and Fiji 7s)
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