However, his continued involvement with England has always denied him the opportunity of representing the Barbarians.
This will all change next week, however, with the prospect of wearing the famous black and white shirt at Kingsholm.
"It's always been quite difficult over the years with the various international commitments that I've had. Over the course of time I've been able to play against them but never for them because of international games or tours etc.
"So, for me this time around, it's a real bonus to be able to accept the invitation and be able to pull on the famous black and white shirt.
"It's definitely a highlight. You think of things in the game that you want to look back on when you've finished playing and say you've done and, for me, being a Barbarian is definitely one of them.
"I know that there are no guarantees that I'll be involved on the night at Kingsholm, but it'd be nice if it was the case.
"But it'll be good to be mixing with Q (Akapusi Qera) and Rory (Lawson) and, of course, Balsh (Iain Balshaw) will be back. Not to mention the likes of Stephen Donald and Shane Williams and all the other guys on the list.
"Whoever features, it's going to be some time. There's high quality throughout the squad and hopefully that'll make for a good game."
Barbarians vs Ireland, Tuesday May 29th, kick off 7:45pm. Ticket prices start from just £15 for adults and £5 for juniors.
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