Cape Town - Tommy
Bowe makes his debut for the Barbarians in his home town of Belfast on Friday
Ulster, Ireland and British & Irish Lions star is in the starting line-up
facing Fiji at the Kingspan Stadium (kick-off 21:30 SA time).
Barbarians have also drafted double Rugby World Cup winner Ben Franks into the front
row and have Ulster and South Africa scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar on the bench.
famous invitation side scored five tries in their 31-31 draw against South
Africa last Saturday and 11 more in a 71-0 win over the Czech Republic on
a huge honour and I’m delighted to get the call and the BaaBaas is one of the
great traditions," said Bowe.
something I never thought I’d get the chance to do so I’m looking forward to
the match. Personally I need game time, to get my match sharpness back and
playing a game like this should be right up my alley.
amazing for the Barbarians to come here to Ulster. It’s the first time since
1957 so it’s a big occasion and it's against the Fijians so it doesn’t get more
Barbarians take on Fiji for the first time since 2013, when they won 43-19 at
Twickenham with Bismarck du Plessis and Jean de Villiers scoring two tries
apiece. Their last appearance in Belfast was 59 years ago when they won 14-11
against an Ulster Invitation XV.
15 Melani Nanai (Blues), 14 Matt Faddes (Highlanders), 13 Tommy Bowe (Ulster & Ireland), 12 Richard Buckman (Highlanders/Panasonic), 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs/Panasonic &
Australia), 10 Robert du Preez (Stormers), 9 Andy Ellis (Crusaders/Kobelco & New
Zealand, captain), 8 Luke Whitelock (Highlanders & New
Zealand), 7 Jordan Taufua (Crusaders), 6 Brad Shields (Hurricanes), 5 Sam Carter (Brumbies & Australia), 4 Michael Fatialofa (Hurricanes), 3 Ben Franks (London Irish & New
Zealand), 2 Akker van der Merwe (Lions), 1 Reggie Goodes (Hurricanes)
Substitutes: 16 Andrew Ready (Reds), 17 Toby Smith (Rebels &
Australia), 18 Paddy Ryan (Waratahs & Australia), 19 Martin
Muller (Lions), 20 Ruan Ackermann (Lions), 21 Ruan Pienaar (Ulster &
South Africa), 22 Richard Mo’unga (Crusaders), 23 Luke Morahan (Force