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Rugby fan wins a place in Barbarians squad

06 May 2010

  • Kevin Wand becomes Barbarians squad 23rd member
  • MasterCard prize gives fan chance to spend a week with the squad

Competition winner Kevin Wand is presented with his Number 23 Barbarians shirt by former England centre Will Greenwood

Photo: Getty Images

Kevin Wand, coach of Spalding Under 9s, has won the chance to spend a week with the Barbarians squad as they prepare to face England at Twickenham on Saturday, May 30.

He will spend a week living, eating and training with the rugby all-stars as the 23rd member of the Barbarians squad as they gear up for the MasterCard Trophy.

Father of two Kevin, from Spalding in Lincolnshire, said: "I still can’t believe I’ve been chosen as the winner! I’ve been involved in rugby my whole life and this really is a dream come true.  It’s an unbelievable prize."

The invitational side includes London Wasps and England internationals Danny Cipriani and Paul Sackey, alongside a host of stars from around the globe.

MasterCard Ambassador and ex-Barbarian Will Greenwood said: "Playing for the Barbarians was one of the highlights of my career and Kevin is going to have the time of his life as part of the squad."

Ben Rhodes, VP, Head of Brand and Sponsorship Marketing UK/Ireland at MasterCard added: "Through our match sponsorship with the Barbarians, The MasterCard Trophy, we've been able to reward cardholders with a truly priceless experience - The Be Number 23 promotion. Using your MasterCard is the best way to pay for what matters and we're delighted to be able to reward cardholders by bringing them closer to the game they love."

Tickets are still available via so visit the Mastercard Trophy – England v Barbarians event page for more information.

You can keep up-to-date with the behind-the-scenes action and news from Kevin's week with the Barbarians buy visiting the MasterCard – Be Number 23 website.