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.
Tickets for the England v Barbarians match on Saturday May 30 (kick off 4.15pm) are priced from £25 for adults and £10 for U16s and are available now by calling ticketmaster on 0844 847 2492 or www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
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)
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Following the recent announcement that XBlades were to become the club's new kit and leisurewear partner, Gloucester Rugby can today (Tuesday 30 June) confirm the opening of a new retail unit, based at Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre, as well as the launch of a brand new online shop.
When the Gloucester Rugby squad and staff report for their first day of preseason training on Wednesday morning, they will be greeted with a new look training kit from XBlades Sports ready for the first sessions.