Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Deans calls up star names

Robbie Deans
Robbie Deans

Australia coach Robbie Deans has named 10 capped Wallabies in the Barbarians team to start against England in Perth on Tuesday.

Fly-half Berrick Barnes and number eight Stephen Hoiles will jointly captain the team as both make their return to the international fold.

Hoiles won his last cap in 2008 while Barnes has not played for the Wallabies since last year's Tri-Nations, after injury forced him out of the Australia's autumn tour.

The Barbarians are essentially an Australia A team and Deans is using the two midweek matches against England as a development tool.

Huia Edmonds will start at hooker three days after making his Test debut in yesterday's 49-3 victory over Fiji.

Edmonds is the only player asked to start both matches, although eight members of the Barbarians squad were involved in Canberra.

Scrum-half Luke Burgess and full-back Kurtley Beale are on the bench after starting against the Fijians.

Australian Barbarians team to play England at ME Bank Stadium, Perth, on Tuesday June 9: J O'Connor (Western Force); N Cummins (Western Force), W Chambers (Queensland Reds), A Faingaa (Queensland Reds), L Turner (NSW Waratahs); B Barnes (NSW Waratahs, co-captain), J Valentine; P Cowan (Western Force), H Edmonds (ACT Brumbies), L Weeks (Queensland Reds), M Chapman (ACT Brumbies), M Chisholm (ACT Brumbies), B McCalman (Western Force), M Hodgson (Western Force), S Hoiles (ACT Brumbies).

Replacements: D Fitzpatrick (NSW Waratahs), J Slipper (Queensland Reds), K Douglas (NSW Waratahs), P McCutcheon (NSW Waratahs), L Burgess (NSW Waratahs), K Beale (NSW Waratahs), P Hynes (Queensland Reds).

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