Barbarians finalise squad for Twickenham clash

Barbarians finalise squad for Twickenham clash

Pat Lam has finalised his 23-man Barbarians squad to face England at Twickenham on Sunday.

Nine countries are represented in the side as well as 11 clubs.

The likes of Mark Atkinson (Gloucester) and Taqele Naiyaravoro (Northampton Saints) join the squad following their Premiership semi-final losses, while Danny Cipriani does not feature despite reports that he would join the squad over the weekend.

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Instead, Lam has brought in former All Black flyhalf Colin Slade from Pau who joins fellow countryman Malakai Fekitoa, Charles Piutau, John Afoa, Steven Luatua and Liam Messam in the side.

Three players from Lam's former club, Connacht, join the squad with winger Niyi Adeolokun included alongside forwards Finlay Bealham and David Heffernan.

There is a distinctive Pacific Island presents in the side with Viliame Mata (Edinburgh & Fiji), Chris Vui (Bristol Bears & Samoa) and Filipo Nakosi (Toulon & Fiji) all featuring. 

Elsewhere, South Africans Pierre Schoeman (Edinburgh) and Francois Louw (Bath) have been added to the squad while Welshman Rhys Webb (Toulon), Rhodri Williams (Dragons) and Richard Hibbard (Dragons) have also been called into the squad.

The final nation represented in the side is Australia with James Horwill (Harlequins) set to play his final professional game with Bordeaux's Brock James.

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