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VIDEO – Monye on the Barbarians challenge

18 May 2010

  • England wing Ugo Monye is excited by Baa-Baas challenge
  • Tickets are still available for May 30 clash at Twickenham

England wing Ugo Monye believes England’s match against an all-star Barbarians side at Twickenham on May 30 is a key part of the summer tour preparations.

Martin Johnson’s side are currently preparing for a five match spell in Australia and New Zealand and fly Down Under on May 31.

Harlequins speedster Monye, who started four of England’s 2010 RBS 6 Nations matches, says the unique style of the star-studded Barbarians will provide a stern test.

Speaking exclusively to RFU TV, he said: "With the Barbarians you always think about style of rugby with the world’s best players coming to Twickenham and throwing the ball around on a hot day.

"This is an opportunity to gain some confidence before we go off to Australia this summer. It’s a huge test and a great opening to see exactly where we are and it’s always great to test yourself against the world’s best players."

The last time the Baa-Baas came to Twickenham, South Africa wing Brian Habana scored a stunning hat-trick against New Zealand and this time England and Wasps wing Paul Sackey will appear alongside All Blacks Doug Howlett and Jerry Collins.

Monye, 27, is under no illusions of the task at hand for England and added: "The Barbarians always want to disrupt and upset the English.

"They’ve got a huge history, they’ve always been coached well and come well prepared so they’ll make it tough for us."

Tickets are still available for England against the Barbarians via RFU.com, starting from £25.