Christian Wade the high scoring wing from London Wasps is an exciting name on the team sheet for England against the Barbarians. The 20-year-old winger is the second highest try scorer in the Aviva Premiership with nine in 15 games, and this in a side that finished bottom but one.
Stuart Lancaster who has 18 players out for the Premiership final has gone for Farrell at 12 and Hodgson at 10. With Barritt at 13. Back in the fold is Hooker Dylan Hartley and Phil Dowson is named captain.
Stuart Lancaster said: “We are treating this as a very important game for setting the foundations for the tour.” “The players have been excellent this week and have been fully focused as we are looking to build on the momentum of the Six Nations. This is a really important milestone in our preparation for South Africa.” “Being able to name a back line very similar to the Six Nations and the strength we have in the forwards with the likes of Tom Johnson and Carl Fearns, who played in this game last year, is a real positive.” “The support we had at Twickenham against Wales and Ireland was fantastic and we can’t wait to get back there. The Barbarians have a really strong team packed with talent and experience and having been involved in this fixture before I know it will be a great occasion.”
Backs: B Foden (Northampton Saints), C Ashton (Northampton Saints), B Barritt (Saracens), O Farrell (Saracens), C Wade (London Wasps), C Hodgson (Saracens), L Dickson (Northampton Saints)
Forwards: M Stevens (Saracens), D Hartley (Northampton Saints), P Doran Jones (Northampton Saints), M Botha (Saracens), T Palmer (Stade Francais), T Johnson (Exeter Chiefs), C Fearns (Bath Rugby), P Dowson (capt, Northampton Saints)
Replacements: L Mears (Bath Rugby), M Mullan (Worcester Warriors), J Launchbury (London Wasps), J Gibson (London Irish), R Wigglesworth (Saracens), J Joseph (London Irish), A Goode (Saracens)
Springbok World Cup winning captain John Smit the ex South Africa Captain will skipper the Barbarians when they start their summer tour against England at Twickenham on Sunday.
Coach John Kirwan said: “We have several natural leaders in the squad but with John’s track record of captaincy at the highest levels of the game he was the obvious choice to lead us on this tour.”
Backs: Mils Muliaina, Paul Sackey, Casey Laulala, Mike Tindall, Ian Balshaw, Stephen Donald, Rory Lawson
Forwards: Neemia Tialata, John Smit (captain), John Afoa, Mark Chisholm, Anton van Zyl, Ernst Joubert, John Beattie, Akapusi Qera
Replacements: Benoit August, Duncan Jones, Pelu Taele, Raphael Lakafia, Jerome Fillol, Felipe Contepomi, Sailosi Tagicakibau