Barbarians include Emerick for Mobbs match
March 12, 2008

The Barbarians have invited players from eight nations, including seven internationals, to represent the Club in the 81st Mobbs Memorial Match at Goldington Road, Bedford, on Tuesday 18 March.

The starting line-up features the brothers Mark and Bradley Davies among the backs and Steve Martin, who will emulate his father Allan by playing for the Barbarians.

The international contingent includes USA Eagle Paul Emerick in the centre and the 25-times capped Ireland wing Justin Bishop.

Club president Micky Steele-Bodger said: "Our squad reflects the balance we always try to bring to these long-established fixtures.

"Alongside the established players we also have promising stars of the future such as the England under-20 wing Dan Norton and the Wales Sevens player, Dafydd Hewitt.

"We are looking forward to returning to Goldington Road where we have many happy connections.

"That includes our coach for the match, Paul Turner, who played with such distinction for the Bedford club a decade ago."

Bedford Blues provide the opposition for the Mobbs Memorial Match for the first time though the Barbarians did play a fixture against the original Bedford club in 1894.

Tickets for the match at £10 with Under-16s free are available from Bedford Blues on 0871 8711886

Barbarians team:

Bradley Davies (Plymouth Albion); *Dan Norton (Gloucester Rugby), *Paul Emerick (Newport Gwent Dragons & USA), *Dafydd Hewitt (Cardiff Blues), *Justin Bishop (Doncaster Knights & Ireland); *Mark Davies (Gloucester Rugby), *Ross Blake (Cambridge University); David Maddocks (Coventry), *Sean Crombie (Boroughmuir), Ben Evans (Sale Sharks & Wales), *Steve Martin (Neath Rugby), *Andrew Hall (Newport Gwent Dragons & Scotland), Luke Sherriff (Nottingham), Andy Powell (Cardiff Blues), *Richard Parks (Newport Gwent Dragons & Wales)

Replacements: Joe Duffey (Nottingham), Nigel Hall (Nottingham), Andy Kennedy (Banbridge), *Ledua Jope (Army & Fiji), *Harvey Biljon (Blackheath), *Oliver Viney (Preston Grasshoppers), *Darragh O'Mahony (Old Albanians & Ireland)

[* - denotes new Barbarian]

Barbarian Fixtures March-June 2008:

Tuesday 18 March v Bedford at Goldington Road (Mobbs Memorial Match) - 7.30pm

Wednesday 9 April v Edinburgh Academicals at Raeburn Place - 6.00pm

Saturday 24 May v Belgium XV at King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels - 6.00pm

Tuesday 27 May v Ireland at Kingsholm, Gloucester - 7.45pm

Sunday 1 June v England at Twickenham - 3.00pm


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