Scots and Irish to face Barbarians
The barbarians have confirmed a short three match tour across the British Isles which will see their star studded line up face tests against Ireland and Scotland.
Barbarians president Mickey Steele-Bodger named a string of rugby superstars who will form part of the squad for the tour, including Australian World Cup winner Tim Horan, mighty New Zealand winger Jonah Lomu and South African captain Joost van der Westhuizen.
Scottish officials have yet to decide whether caps will be awarded for the game, although that has never been the case on the four previous meetings between the two teams.
Scotland have yet to record a victory against a team which exists on the goodwill of players alone, although they did manage a 16-16 draw in 1991.
The strength of the side Scotland are likely to face is a testament to the esteem in which the Barbarians are held.
And Scotland director of rugby Jim Telfer insisted they wouldn't be allowed to die as some pundits have predicted.
"When the game went professional a few years ago, it was thought by some people that they would sweep all the good traditions away," he said.
"Thomas Castaignede said that he would like to play for the Barbarians because, no matter what sport you play, there is still a camaraderie when you play with people from different countries."
The game against Ireland, three days before the Edinburgh appointment is part of the IRFU celebrations of their 125th anniversary this year.
Full Barbarians tour dates.
Sunday, May 28 v Ireland (Lansdowne Road) Wednesday, May 31 v Scotland
(Murrayfield) Saturday, June 4 v English Premiership champions (Twickenham).