Cape Town - New Zealand's Brad Thorn will lead the Barbarians against England on Sunday in the
second match of their Spring tour.
Head coach Robbie Deans made 11 changes to the invitation team that beat Ireland
22-21 at Thomond Park on Thursday night.
lock Thorn, 40, was a Rugby World Cup winner in 2011 and forms a new second row
partnership with Samu Manoa in a starting line-up that totals 388 international
caps from seven different nations.
Ugo Monye (Harlequins) makes his final appearance in the professional game
against his former international team-mates.
Barbarians - celebrating their 125th anniversary this season - can also call on
the leading try scorers in the Top 14 and the Aviva Premiership in the
shape of Toulon wing David Smith and Exeter Chiefs No 8 Thomas Waldrom.
Australia flank George Smith, who joins Wasps next season, will bring his
vast 111-cap experience to the back row battle.
a privilege to lead the Barbarians against England at Twickenham,” said Thorn.
for the club is an honour and the boys did the shirt proud with the commitment
and skill they showed to beat a good Ireland team earlier in the week.
know England have some exciting talent in their side with plenty to play for in
the build-up to the World Cup but we have high standards and want to give them
a real test.”
Gio Aplon (Grenoble & South Africa), 14
David Smith (Toulon), 13
Joe Rokocoko (Bayonne & New Zealand), 12
Wynand Olivier (Montpellier & South Africa), 11
Ugo Monye (Harlequins & England), 10
Tusi Pisi (Suntory Sungoliath & Samoa), 9
Tomas Cubelli (Belgrano Ath & Argentina), 8
Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs & England), 7
George Smith (Lyon & Australia), 6
George Whitelock (Panasonic Wild Knights & New Zealand), 5
Brad Thorn (Leicester Tigers & New Zealand, captain), 4
Samu Manoa (Northampton Saints and USA), 3
Matias Diaz (Pampas & Argentina), 2
David Ward (Harlequins), 1
Saimone Taumoepeau (Castres & New Zealand)
Deon Fourie (Lyon), 17
Roberto Tejerizo (Tucuman & Argentina), 18
Adam Jones (Cardiff Blues & Wales), 19
Nathan Hines (Sale Sharks & Scotland), 20
Pablo Matera (Pampas & Argentina), 21
Ruan Pienaar (Ulster & South Africa), 22
Stephen Brett (Lyon), 23
Yoshi Fujita (Panasonic Wild Knights & Japan)