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VIDEO – Four added to strong England squad for Barbarians

15 May 2012

  • Lancaster names strong England squad for Barbarians clash on May 27
  • Freddie Burns, Jamie Gibson, Haydn Thomas and Richard Wigglesworth added

Stuart Lancaster has named a 27-man squad for the Killik Cup against the Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday, May 27 (2.30pm)

Gloucester Rugby’s Freddie Burns, Jamie Gibson of London Irish, Haydn Thomas of Exeter Chiefs and Saracens’ Richard Wigglesworth are added to the squad for this game, with the players from Aviva Premiership finalists Leicester Tigers and Harlequins unavailable.

The England Head Coach said: "The Killik Cup has become an established fixture in the season and is hugely important for us ahead of the tour. We are holding a short conditioning camp this week for those players whose season finished on the May 5 and already there is a real buzz about this Barbarians match and what lies ahead after that.

"We will obviously be without the Leicester and Harlequins players – and best of luck to both those teams in the Aviva Premiership final – but this is a great opportunity for the rest of the squad, as well as Freddie, Jamie, Richard and Haydn, to put a marker down before we leave for the tour. 

"We are looking forward to going back to Twickenham and if the fantastic support that we got against Wales and Ireland is repeated it will be a great occasion."

England Squad to face Barbarians

Forwards (14)

Mouritz  Botha (Saracens)
Alex Corbisiero (London Irish)
Paul Doran Jones (Northampton Saints)
Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints)
Carl Fearns (Bath Rugby)
Jamie Gibson (London Irish)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints) 
Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs) 
Joe Launchbury (London  Wasps) 
Lee Mears (Bath Rugby)
Ben Morgan (Scarlets)
Matt Mullan (Worcester Warriors)
Tom Palmer (Stade Francais)
Matt Stevens (Saracens)

Backs (13)

Chris Ashton (Northampton Saints)
Brad Barritt (Saracens)
Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
Owen Farrell (Saracens) 
Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Charlie  Hodgson (Saracens)
Jonathan Joseph (London Irish)
David Strettle (Saracens)
Haydn Thomas (Exeter Chiefs)
Christian Wade (London Wasps)
Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)