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Barbarians name eight newcomers for Mobbs Memorial Match

28 February 2007

Eight new Club members and half-a-dozen nationalities are represented in the Barbarians' team to play East Midlands in the 80th Mobbs Memorial Match at Bedford on 14 March.

Behind the scrum the debutants include try scoring wings Ben Cairns of Scotland A and former Wales under-21 cap Richard Fussell. Cairns, who signed a new contract with Edinburgh Rugby this week, has extensive experience in the Magners League and the Heineken Cup competitions while Fussell has scored five tries in his last nine outings for Newport Gwent Dragons.

Both Varsity captains have been invited, with Oxford's Kevin Brennan making his second appearance for the Club and New Zealander John Blaikie of Cambridge one of four newcomers among the forwards.

Barbarians' honorary secretary Geoffrey Windsor-Lewis said, "The annual Mobbs Memorial Match is always an important part of our Club's calendar and this selection does justice to the occasion. As well as inviting eight new Barbarians we have recognised the contribution of others in recent seasons and are delighted to welcome them back."

Three of the forwards, Newbury hooker Andy Dalgleish (as captain), Pertemps Bees captain Mark Cornwell, and Aberavon's long-serving number 8 Richard Morris, played in the Club's victory over Combined Services last November.

So too did Esher points machine Neil Hallett who made a big impression in the tour match in Georgia last June and is now scheduled to play his third consecutive game for the Barbarians.

Chris Malherbe, in his fourth game for the Barbarians, forms an interesting centre partnership with fellow England Counties representative and Wharfedale club member, Mark Bedworth.

The debutants up front are Dragons and former Wales under-21 prop David Maddocks, Coventry open-sider Tom Johnson, and another Scottish prospect from Edinburgh Rugby, Alan MacDonald.

Geoffrey Windsor-Lewis added, "The other encouraging aspect of this squad is that it has a good balance of players from the Magners League, English club rugby and the Welsh Premiership."

The game at Bedford marks the start of a busy period for the Barbarians. In April they play a centenary match against the Army and then in May travel overseas to play against the national sides of Tunisia and Spain in another groundbreaking tour that will feature several familiar names.

Barbarians v East Midlands

15 Neil Hallett (Esher)

14 *Ben Cairns (Edinburgh Rugby)

13 Chris Malherbe (Wharfedale)

12 *Mark Bedworth (Wharfedale)

11 *Richard Fussell (Newport Gwent Dragons)

10 Jonny Ufton (Cambridge University)

9 Kevin Brennan (Oxford University)

1 *David Maddocks (Newport Gwent Dragons)

2 Andy Dalgleish (Newbury)

3 Wayne Reed (Launceston)

4 *John Blaikie (Cambridge University)

5 Mark Cornwell (Pertemps Bees)

6 *Alan MacDonald (Edinburgh Rugby)

7 *Tom Johnson (Coventry)

8 Richard Morris (Aberavon)


16 Chris Ritchie (London Welsh)

17 *Moray Law (Glasgow Warriors)

18 Brett Luxton (Launceston)

19 Danny Thomas (Plymouth Albion)

20 Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh Rugby)

21 Dafydd Lewis (Cambridge City)

* - denotes new Barbarian

Barbarian Fixtures 2006-07

November 14 2006 v Combined Services (Newbury) W 33-25

March 14 2007 v East Midlands - Mobbs Memorial Match (Bedford) 7.00pm

April 4 2007 v The Army - Centenary Match (Twickenham Stoop) 7.45pm

May 19 2007 v Tunisia (Tunis)

May 23 2007 v Spain (Elche)