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Last Saturday, an England XV defeated the Barbarians, an all-star squad, 28-14 in a non-cap international in front of a Twickenham crowd of 51,636. The game gave England coach Eddie Jones a chance to view some younger players as the Red Roses head to Argentina.
The youngsters responded with three-tries. And last minute substitute Danny Care, filling in for his brother, was named Man of the Match.
England led throughout, and were up 23-7 late in the second half when the Baa-Baas added a try to make it 23-14. The home side added a try at the end for the-28-14 final.
The Barbarians were founded in 1884 by Cambridge graduate William Percy Carpmael who conceived of team open to all that would play against leading British clubs. Later, the idea expanded to international tours, which gave rugby fans worldwide an opportunity to view an amalgam of top players from different countries. The Barbarians traditionally play in their familiar black and white hoops, but with the stocks from their club stripe.
The original motto of the Barbarians is universally accepted today: Rugby Football is a game for gentlemen in all classes, but for no bad sportsman in any class.
15 Alex Goode (Saracens & England) 21 caps
14 Timoci Nagusa (Montpellier & Fiji) 24
13 Yann David (Toulouse & France) 4
12 Frans 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