Earlier today, England head coach Eddie Jones revealed the side he will put out to face the Barbarians on Sunday.
With England missing some of their key men to the Lions tour, it was interesting to see who Jones would choose to show their worth in the first of their 3 June fixtures. Chris Robshaw and rising talent George Ford have been chosen for the vice-captaincy spots; showing that Ford is going about improving his leadership skills in the right way with an experienced partner such as Robshaw.
Now, the Barbarians have revealed their side in response to Jones uncovering, and they will in fact display two Englishmen themselves as they look to knock down one of the strongest nations in Rugby at the minute.
Alex Goode and Steffon Armitage are the England men who will go up against Jones’ side this weekend, but they will not be holding back with the preparation for the 2019 World Cup already being well underway and the selection being wide open.
Here’s what the Barbarians side will look like this weekend…
Starting XV: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13 Yann David, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10 Ian Madigan, 9 Kahn Fotuali’i; 1 Mikheil Nariashvili, 2 Richard Hibbard, 3 Census Johnston, 4 Patricio Albacete, 5 Jeremy Thrush, 6 Thierry Dusautoir, 7 Steffon Armitage, 8 Facundo Isa
Replacements:16 Schalk Brits, 17 Ben Franks, 18 WP Nel,19 Joe Tekori, 20 Gillian Galan, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Robbie Fruean, 23 Horacio Agulla.