James out to tame Lions

29 May 2013

Congratulations to Bath Rugby loosehead Paul James, who has been named to start for the Barbarians on Saturday against the British and Irish Lions, kick-off 12.30.

The BaaBaas provide the first examination for the Lions of the 2013 tour, and will be looking to avenge the 40-12 defeat against England at Twickenham last weekend.

James, who had a big impact in his first season with Bath, comes in on the loosehead after being on the bench a week ago. He is joined in the front row by seasoned internationals Schalk Brits and Martin Castrogiovanni.

Dean Mumm joins Marco Wentzel in the second row, whilst Italian talisman Sergio Parisse is added to the starting line-up and captains the side from the base of the scrum. Aviva Premiership regulars Samu Manoa and Sam Jones are named on either flank.

Dmitri Yachvili and Nick Evans provide an all star half-back axis, with former All Black Joe Rokocoko and American flyer Takudzwa Ngwenya out wide on the wings. Ulster's Jared Payne is named at full-back, as Elliot Daly shifts to outside centre to partner Casey Laulala.

The historic match will be live on Sky Sports from 12 noon.


15 Jared Payne

14 Joe Rokocoko

13 Elliot Daly

12 Casey Laulala

11 Takudzwa Ngwenya

10 Nick Evans

9 Dimitri Yachvili

1 Paul James

2 Schalk Brits

3 Martin Castrogiovanni

4 Marco Wentzel

5 Dean Mumm

6 Samu Manoa

7 Sam Jones

8 Sergio Parisse (c)


16 Leonardo Ghiraldini

17 Duncan Jones

18 Andrea Lo Cicero

19 Jim Hamilton

20 Imanol Harinordoquy

21 Kahn Fotuali'i

22 James Hook

23 Mike Tindall

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