Fotuali'i and Fruean to face England at Twickenham

25 May 2017

Bath Rugby's Kahn Fotuali'i and Robbie Fruean have been included in the Barbarians matchday 23 to face England at Twickenham on Sunday, kick-off 15:00.

Supporters' Player of the Year Fotuali'i lines up at scrum-half in a strong Barbarians side that includes the likes of Adam Ashley-Cooper, Francois Steyn and Thierry Dusautoir. Fotuali'i's Club teammate Fruean will be looking to make an impact from the replacements bench along with former All Black Ben Franks and 88-time capped South African international Ruan Pienaar.  

Alex Goode and Steffon Armitage, who have five European Cup titles between them, are also part of a star-studded outfit for the Old Mutual Wealth Cup match.

Former Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has players from 11 different countries with 599 international appearances between them in the XV taking the field led by France’s Thierry Dusautoir. 

The back line includes Australia’s 2015 World Cup finalist Ashley-Cooper, South Africa centre Steyn and Ireland’s Bristol-bound fly half Ian Madigan.

In the forwards are Gloucester duo Richard Hibbard and Jeremy Thrush, and a powerful back row that sees Dusautoir and Armitage combine with Argentina’s athletic No.8 Facundo Isa.

World Cup winners Franks and Pienaar are on the bench along with Scotland prop WP Nel, on the comeback trail after recovering from the neck injury that ruled him out of this season’s RBS 6 Nations. 

The Barbarians are facing England for the 16th time - England lead the series 8-7.

Barbarians team to face England 

15 Alex Goode (Saracens & England) 21 caps

14 Timoci Nagusa (Montpellier & Fiji) 24

13 Yann David (Toulouse & France) 4

12 Francois Steyn (Montpellier & South Africa) 53

11 Adam Ashley-Cooper (Bordeaux-Begles & Australia) 116

10 Ian Madigan (Bordeaux-Begles & Ireland) 30

9 Kahn Fotuali’i (Bath Rugby & Samoa) 31

1 Mikheil Nariashvili (Montpellier & Georgia) 41

2 Richard Hibbard (Gloucester & Wales) 41

3 Census Johnston (Toulouse & Samoa) 59

4 Patricio Albacete (Toulouse & Argentina) 57

5 Jeremy Thrush (Gloucester & New Zealand)12

6 Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse & France, captain) 80

7 Steffon Armitage (Pau & England) 5

8 Facundo Isa (Lyon & Argentina) 25


16 Schalk Brits (Saracens & South Africa) 10

17 Ben Franks (London Irish & New Zealand) 47

18 WP Nel (Edinburgh & Scotland) 15

19 Joe Tekori (Toulouse & Samoa) 34

20 Gillian Galan (Toulouse)

21 Ruan Pienaar (Ulster & South Africa) 88

22 Robbie Fruean (Bath Rugby)

23 Horacio Agulla (Castres & Argentina) 63

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