Barbarians: George Kruis to return to face England as age-ranging squad announced by Fabian Galthie’s coaching staff

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The Barbarians squad for Sunday’s fixture with England has been named, with the French national coaching staff opting to mainly choose players from their selection pool.

The staff, led by France head coach Fabian Galthie, have picked fringe internationals to face England’s youngsters along with some familiar faces like Damien Penaud, Dylan Cretin and of course the now-healthy Charles Ollivon, who will serve as captain.

George Kruis starts

Other notable inclusions are former England international George Kruis, Australian international lock Will Skelton and the all-action Fijian star Levani Botia.

Kruis will be returning to England to face his old national team after opting to take his skills abroad to Japan Rugby League One. The lock will partner up with his old second-row teammate Skelton – the duo have prior experience playing for Saracens together.

Elsewhere in the pack there’s quality in the shape of Springbok Trevor Nyakane, loosehead Jean-Baptiste Gros and form La Rochelle hooker Pierre Bourgarit.

“It is an honour to be called upon to select and coach the Barbarians, an institution with strong values rooted in the history of our sport,” admitted Galthie.

“We will share with the selected players this precious heritage: an attacking, adventurous, ambitious way to play that is the mark of the Baa-Baas.

“We have already planned to study together some historic moments, such as Gareth Edwards’ try in 1973 against the All Blacks. This Baa-Baas mindset remains fertile ground for expression of talent, we will be keen to success in our mission and give all the fans a great moment of rugby.”

Barbarians: 15 Max Spring (France, Racing 92), 14 Damien Penaud (France, Clermont), 13 Virimi Vakatawa (France, Racing 92), 12 Tani Vili (France, Clermont), 11 Davit Niniashvili (Georgia, Lyon), 10 Antoine Hastoy (France, Pau), 9 Batiste Couilloud (France, Lyon), 8 Charles Ollivon (France, Toulon, c), 7 Levani Botia (Fiji, La Rochelle), 6 Dylan Cretin (France, Lyon), 5 Will Skelton (Australia, La Rochelle), 4 George Kruis (England, Saitama Wild Knights), 3 Trevor Nyakane (South Africa, Racing 92), 2 Pierre Bourgarit (France, La Rochelle), 1 Jean-Baptiste Gros (France, Toulon)
Replacements: 16 Danny Priso (France, La Rochelle), 17 Christopher Tolofua (France, Toulon), 18 Sipili Falatea (France, Clermont), 19 Thomas Lavault (La Rochelle), 20 Yoan Tanga (France, Racing 92), 21 Nolann Le Garrec (Racing 92), 22 Louis Carbonel (France, Toulon), 23 Sekou Macalou (France, Stade Français), 24 Thomas Laclayat (Oyonnax)

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