Rookie England team take on strong Barbarians squad

England have named a very inexperienced squad to start their mid-year Internationals. With a host of players injured, rested or in the domestic league final, Stuart Lancaster has opted for a squad of unknowns to take on a Barbarians team full of quality players with International experience.

– Barbarians squad –

Backs: Jimmy Cowan (Gloucester & New Zealand), Tomas Cubelli (Belgrano & Argentina), Hosea Gear (Toulouse & New Zealand), Juan Martin Hernandez (Racing Metro & Argentina), Brock James (Clermont), James O’Connor (London Irish & Australia), Rene Ranger (Montpellier & New Zealand), Joe Rokocoko (Bayonne & New Zealand), Benson Stanley (Clermont & New Zealand), Francois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier & France).

Forwards: Julien Brugnaut (Racing Metro & France), Schalk Ferreira (Toulouse), Mamuka Gorgodze (Montpellier & Georgia), Andrew Hore (Highlanders & New Zealand), Juandre Kruger (Racing Metro & South Africa), Alexandre Lapandry (Clermont & France), Juan Manuel Leguizamon (Lyon & Argentina), Nahuel Lobo (Montpellier & Argentina), Donncha O’Callaghan (Munster & Ireland), Ti‘i Paulo (Clermont & Samoa), Sona Taumalolo (Perpignan & Tonga), Joe Tekori (Toulouse & Samoa), Roger Wilson (Ulster & Ireland), Davit Zirakashvili (Clermont & Georgia).

– England squad –

Backs: Dan Robson (Gloucester Rugby), Joe Simpson (London Wasps), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ollie Devoto (Bath Rugby), Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Elliot Daly (London Wasps), Rob Miller (Sale Sharks), Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby), Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby)

Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby), Ross Harrison (Sale Sharks), Will Collier (Harlequins), Kyle Sinkler (Harlequins), Rob Buchanan (Harlequins), Tommy Taylor (Sale Sharks), Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers), Charlie Matthews (Harlequins), Michael Paterson (Sale Sharks), Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs), James Gaskell (Sale Sharks), Jamie Gibson (Leicester Tigers), Luke Wallace (Harlequins)

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