Corry to battle countrymen

Martin Corry will represent the Barbarians when they tackle England on 17 May.

All Blacks Justin Marshall and Jerry Collins, Wallabies flanker Rocky Elsom and France loose forward Serge Betsen have also made the initial cut. The five former Test players are currently playing their rugby in the northern hemisphere for opposing clubs, but will join forces for the clash at Twickenham.

‘I’ve played for England against the Baa Baas, so I know what a great occasion these games at Twickenham can be,’ Corry, a former England skipper said. ‘I feel privileged to be involved and delighted at the prospect of pulling on that black-and-white jersey again and running out at a ground that means so much to me.’

The match is a precursor to a two-Test series against Argentina. Martin Johnson’s side could be missing several stars given the British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa.

‘It’s a game that the whole England squad will look forward to, and we will be aiming to add to the three home wins we enjoyed at Twickenham in the Six Nations before our two games against Argentina,’ Johnson said.

‘With the obvious exception of England players who will be unavailable because of their selection for the Lions, we will aim to have a strong England team playing against the Barbarians.’