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Welsh trio confirmed for Baa-baas clash
November 23, 2009

  • Wales trio Jamie Roberts, Leigh Halfpenny and Andy Powell have been called up to the Barbarians' 22-man squad to play New Zealand at Twickenham on December 5.

    The three Welshmen join a world class Barbarians squad, including Joe Rokocoko who in a reversal of his appearance for the All Blacks against the Barbarians in 2004, will be playing against the men in black for the first time. In the time-honoured Barbarians tradition, the team includes one uncapped player and the man in the spotlight this time is South African prop WP Nel.

    Barbarians' Squad: Backs - Leigh Halfpenny (Wales), Bryan Habana (South Africa), Joe Rokocoko (New Zealand), Drew Mitchell (Australia), Jamie Roberts (Wales), Jaque Fourie (South Africa), Morne Steyn (South Africa), Matt Giteau (Australia), Fourie du Preez (South Africa), Will Genia (Australia)

    Forwards - Bismarck du Plessis (South Africa), Stephen Moore (Australia), Tendai Mtawarira (South Africa), W P Nel (Free State Cheetahs), Salvatore Perugini (Italy), Victor Matfield (South Africa), Danie Rossouw (South Africa), Carlo del Fava (Italy), Rocky Elsom (Australia), Schalk Burger (South Africa), George Smith (Australia), Andy Powell (Wales)

  • Ireland have refused to rule Denis Leamy out of next Saturday's match against South Africa.

    Leamy has undergone X-rays and scans of the right ankle he injured during Saturday's victory over Fiji. However, the Irish Rugby Football Union has revealed the injury is less serious then at first thought. The player will undergo rehabilitation this week, but has not been ruled out of next weekend's encounter.

    Ireland have added nine players to the squad which defeated Fiji yesterday - Tommy Bowe, Darren Cave, Gavin Duffy, Cian Healy, Kevin McLaughlin, Ronan O'Gara, Devin Toner, Dan Touhy and David Wallace.

  • France's Maxime Mermoz has pulled out of Saturday's final autumn international against New Zealand with a right thigh strain.

    The Perpignan centre has been replaced in the 23-man squad by Toulouse winger Cedric Heymans. Les Bleus will be looking for their third straight win in Marseille against the All Blacks following victories over world champions South Africa and Samoa over the past two weekends.

  • The 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup, which will be hosted in London, was launched at Twickenham on Monday.

    Surrey Sports Park will host the 12 teams competing in a tournament which runs from August 20-September 5 and the bronze final, semi-finals and final will be played at Twickenham Stoop.

    England and Ireland are in Pool B with the USA and Kazakhstan, Wales are in Pool A with New Zealand, Australia and South Africa and Scotland are in Pool C with France, Canada and Sweden.

    RFU chairman Martyn Thomas said the tournament provided an opportunity to raise the profile of the women's game in England. "Women's rugby is a rapidly growing sport but to have the showcase event on English soil will undoubtedly help raise the profile of the sport and get more people into the game."


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