Cape Town - Adam Jones and Alex Cuthbert
are set to make their first appearances for the Barbarians against Ireland and
England this month.
The Wales and British & Irish Lions duo
have been invited to join the squad by former Australia coach Robbie Deans for
games against Ireland at Thomond Park, Limerick (May 28) and an England XV at
Twickenham (May 31).
Tighthead prop Jones is a triple Grand Slam
winner who retired from international rugby this season after winning 95 caps
for Wales and five for the British & Irish Lions. The 34-year-old moves
from Cardiff Blues to Harlequins this European summer.
Cuthbert, 25, will be out to impress Warren
Gatland ahead of Wales's World Cup training camp. The Cardiff Blues wing has
scored 14 tries in 32 internationals as well as touching down for the Lions in
the first Test against Australia in 2013.
Deans was in charge of the Wallabies that
day and is looking forward to having both men in a squad that already includes
the likes of New Zealand’s Joe Rokocoko, Australia’s Berrick Barnes and
Toulon’s leading try-scorer David Smith.
For Jones it is the chance to pull on the
iconic black and white shirt of the famous invitation club - celebrating its
125th anniversary this year - for the first time, and he is looking forward to
the opportunity as one of the high points of his illustrious career.
“I’ve always wanted to play for the
Barbarians and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve heard great things from those who’ve
been involved in the past,” said Jones.
“I grew up in a rugby mad family and
watched tapes of Gareth Edwards playing for the Barbarians and scoring his
famous try. Wales, the Lions and the Barbarians were the big three you aspired
to play for and it’s good to finally complete that set.
“I’m coming into a new phase of my career
having retired from international rugby and that has given me the opportunity
to do new things like playing for the Barbarians before what should be a great
spell at Harlequins.
“I’ve had one or two wins in my career at
Thomond Park but that’s about it. It’s a tough place to play and a great
stadium. It’ll be interesting playing in a Robbie Deans side rather than
against one but it’s something I’m really looking forward to."