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Baa-Baas call up more big-name stars ahead of visit to Belfast


By Jonathan Bradley

The Barbarians have finalised their squad ahead of their upcoming games against Ulster and England, with a host of big names and one old favourite set for Kingspan Stadium on June 1.

Former Scotland coach Vern Cotter had already confirmed that the likes of established stars Thierry Dusautoir, Adam Ashley-Cooper and Steffon Armitage would be among the names pulling on the famous black and white hoops, with the last announcement meaning there will be 1,018 caps worth of Test experience on show in London and Belfast.

Lions 2013 starter Richard Hibbard, his fellow hooker Schalk Brits and Horacio Agulla were just some of the big names confirmed for the game, while Montpellier and Fiji's Timoci Nagusa will surely enjoy his own return to Ulster after spending two seasons with the province between 2008 and 2010.

With Dusautoir already set for the last game of his career on the tour, retiring Irish stalwart Mike Ross will also bow out with a run-out for the invitational side, and will be joined in the panel by his former Leinster team-mate Ian Madigan.

The star of the show will still be Ruan Pienaar though, who, after playing for the Baa-Baas against England on Sunday at Twickenham, will be back in Ulster colours for one last outing before his IRFU-enforced exit sees him join Montpellier ahead of next season.

Barbarians squad: Backs: H Agulla, A Ashley-Cooper, Y David, K Fotuali'i, R Freuan, R Kockott, I Madigan, T Nagusa, W Nayacalavu, R Pienaar, D Smith, F Steyn.

Forwards: P Albacete, S Armitage, S Brits, T Dusautoir, C Flynn, B Franks, G Galan, R Hibbard, F Isa, C Johnston, M Nariashvili, WP Nel, M Ross, J Tekori, J Thrush.

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