Barbarians: Mike Brown to skipper famous touring side against Harlequins as teams named

Mike Brown starts for Barbarians Credit: Alamy
Mike Brown starts for Barbarians Credit: Alamy

The Barbarians and Harlequins have named their sides that will face off in a mouth-watering fixture at the Twickenham Stoop on Thursday evening.

Swapping the black and white for quarters, Joe Marler and Joe Marchant return from their time with the Baa-baas in a recent win over the All Blacks XV.

Marler is named on the replacements bench this week while Marchant will start at outside centre and is joined by Lennox Anyanwu in the Quins midfield.

Alex Dombrandt leads the side from number eight alongside familiar partners Jack Kenningham and Will Evans in the back-row for Tabai Matson’s team.

There’s two changes to the pack that beat London Irish in the Premiership, with Academy products Fin Baxter and George Head starting in the front-row.

In the backline, club stalwart Danny Care is joined in the half-back department by former England Sevens man Will Edwards, who starts in the 10 jersey.

Further back, Ross Chisholm takes the 15 shirt, joined by Academy graduate Oscar Beard on the right wing and recent signing Josh Bassett on the left.

On the bench, hooker Jack Walker returns to fitness since injuring his shoulder earlier this season, while Academy centre Hayden Hyde is now fully fit.

Fantasy football

“The Barbarians are iconic,” said head coach Matson ahead of the exciting game. “If you think of fantasy football, you think of the Barbarians and Quins.

“I went to the Barbarians’ game on Sunday and what you see there are players who are free and willing to experiment and do unconventional things. They are a team who have probably beaten all the top teams in the world, we have been talking all week about really enjoying the opportunity and the experience.

“It’s brilliant, it really is. You’ve got two teams with an absolute mindset to entertain and to try things. One thing you will definitely see on Thursday is some unconventional plays that you might not use against one of the top teams in the Premiership.”

Meanwhile, the Barbarians will be captained by former Harlequins full-back Mike Brown for this week’s match as they look to back up last week’s victory.

Brown is joined by AJ Lam and Ignacio Mendy in the back three while former England centre Luther Burrell links with Levi Aumua in the side’s midfield.

Damian McKenzie pulls the strings from fly-half once again and is joined by Springbok international Francois Hougaard in an exciting half-back pairing.

Up front the props are Murray McCallum and John Ryan, with Stuart McInally hooker, while the second-row sees Scott Scrafton and Kiran McDonald start.

The starting line-up is completed by Elliott Stooke, Olly Robinson and Abraham Papali’i in the back-row, with 11 players looking to feature off the bench.

The teams

Harlequins: 15 Ross Chisholm, 14 Oscar Beard, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 Lennox Anyanwu, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Will Edwards, 9 Danny Care, 8 Alex Dombrandt (c), 7 Will Evans, 6 Jack Kenningham, 5 Irne Herbst, 4 George Hammond, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 George Head, 1 Fin Baxter
Replacements: 16 Jack Walker, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Simon Kerrod, 19 Dino Lamb, 20 Archie White, 21 Jack Stafford, 22 Hayden Hyde, 23 Cassius Cleaves

Barbarians: 15 Mike Brown (c), 14 AJ Lam, 13 Levi Aumua, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Ignacio Mendy, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Abraham Papali’i, 7 Olly Robinson, 6 Elliott Stooke, 5 Kiran McDonald, 4 Scott Scrafton, 3 John Ryan, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Murray McCallum
Replacements: 16 Gabriel Oghre, 17 Hayden Thompson-Stringer, 18 Kieran Brookes, 19 Graham Kitchener, 20 Iacopo Bianchi, 21 Gareth Simpson, 22 Rhyno Smith, 23 Tom Daly, 24 Cathal Forde, 25 Jacopo Trulla, 26 Marland Yarde

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