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Barbarians: Full squad confirmed with two more English players added

Harry Thacker and Kieran Brookes are the latest English players to be added to the Barbarians squad for their clash against Fiji this Saturday.

Thacker has previously donned the famous Black and White hoops, however this will be Brookes’ first time playing for the club. The pair now also join Jonny May, Danny Care, Ben Youngs, Kyle Sinkler, Dave Ribbans, Jonathan Joseph and Zach Mercer in Robbie Deans squad.

In other Premiership interest, Bristol Bears centre Virimi Vakatawa and Exeter Chiefs prop Scott Sio are included in the team. In-coming Saracens recruit Fergus Blake will also make his first appearance in the UK ahead of his move to North London.

The squad is littered with international experience. Legendary All Black Sam Whitelock skippers the team, but the likes of Gael Fikou, Cameron Woki and Shota Horie will add some serious firepower to the side.

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Commenting on his selection, head coach Deans said: ““I’m delighted with the group that we’ve gathered together here in London. It’s a great squad with a lot of experience, as well as a lot of guys who are at the front end of their careers as well.”

“They all understand the privilege they have got to wear this jersey, so we have a fantastic week ahead of us. The key is for us all to come together and connect.”

“All these guys can play brilliant rugby – they wouldn’t be here if they couldn’t – so we just want to help them bring all their skills come Saturday for the benefit of the Barbarians, and so they enjoy the experience as well.”

Barbarians squad in full

Barbarians in action-Credit: IMAGO

Forwards: Lachlan Boshier, Kieren Brookes, Jack Cornelsen, Fabian Holland, Shota Horie, Zach Mercer, Craig Millar, Liam Mitchell, David Ribbans, Kyle Sinckler, Scott Sio, Harry Thacker, Sam Whitelock, Cameron Woki

Backs: Fergus Burke, Danny Care, Leicester Fainga’anuku, Gael Fickou, Chay Fihaki, Jonathan Joseph, Jonny May, Virimi Vakatawa, Ben Youngs

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