The Barbarians announced today a very strong squad, including Gloucester prop Greg Somerville, that will prepare for their matches against England on May 30 at Twickenham Stadium and Australia on June 6 in Sydney.
Somerville, who played 66 Tests for New Zealand, joined Gloucester last Autumn and went on to make 13 appearances for the Cherry and Whites.
He will be joined in the squad by departing Gloucester wing, Iain Balshaw, who will join Biarritz in the summer.
Barbarians and Cardiff Blues Coach Dai Young said:
"I'm delighted with the squad that's been selected and I'm looking forward to working with them and London Irish Assistant Coach Mike Catt when we meet up on May 26."
"The squad is full of quality players, including a number of RWC, Tri-Nations and Grand Slam winners and I'm expecting them to give a very good account of themselves when they play England and Australia."
England Team Manager Martin Johnson said:
"The Barbarians squad that's been announced today is full of international experience and they will provide England with a very tough game on May 30 before we go onto play Argentina in a two test series."
"The Barbarians match is one we're all looking forward to and I will be announcing a strong England squad on May 19 for all three games."
The Barbarians Captain will be named once the squad meet up on May 26.
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Iain Balshaw (Gloucester Rugby and England)
Ben Blair (Cardiff Blues & New Zealand)
Gordon D'Arcy (Leinster and Ireland)
Peter Grant (Stormers and South Africa)
Doug Howlett (Munster & New Zealand)
Josh Lewsey (London Wasps and England)
Seilala Mapusua (London Irish & Samoa)
Justin Marshall (Saracens and New Zealand)
Luke McAllister (Sale Sharks and New Zealand)
Geordan Murphy (Leicester Tigers & Ireland)
Sonny Bill Williams (Toulon)
Dimitri Yachvilli (Biarritz Olympique & France)
Serge Betsen (London Wasps & France)
B J Botha (Ulster & South Africa)
Schalk Brits (Stormers and South Africa)
Sebastien Bruno (Sale Sharks & France)
Jerry Collins (Toulon & New Zealand)
Martin Corry (Leicester Tigers & England)
Rocky Elsom (Leinster & Australia)
Justin Harrison (Bath Rugby & Australia)
Chris Jack (Saracens & New Zealand)
Greg Somerville (Gloucester Rugby & New Zealand)
Iestyn Thomas (Scarlets & Wales)
Paul Tito (Cardiff Blues)
Speaking to the local media this week, David Humphreys insisted that Gloucester are looking forward to kicking off the new European Rugby Challenge Cup against Brive on Thursday evening, although an unfamiliar opponent and a five day turnaround will pose a challenge.
Director of Rugby David Humphreys felt that his Gloucester side put themselves in a position to put Saracens under real pressure at Allianz Park on Saturday, praising his team's commitment and defence, while admitting that a lack of accuracy hit their chances in the second half.
Speaking to the local media at Allianz Park, Tom Savage was disappointed after the defeat at Saracens, but claimed Gloucester did plenty of good things and could've taken more than a losing bonus point.
In case you missed it, there was plenty of activity on the official Gloucester Rugby website following the 55-0 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over CA Brive, including a number of post match video interviews.
The Cherry and Whites ran in seven tries in beating CA Brive 55-0 on Thursday night. An emphatic second half performance saw the hosts run in five tries to get the European campaign off to a flying start.