- Davies, Harding, Davis and Freeman to face Combined Services
- Bemand assistant coach for Remembrance Match
Four Midlands-based players will make their debuts for their Barbarians in the Remembrance Match against the Combined Services at Plymouth Albion’s Brickfields ground on Tuesday, November 12 (7.15pm).
Coventry’s former Wales full-back/centre Barry Davies will be joined by Bedford Blues’ long-serving flanker Sacha Harding and Loughborough Students pair Alex Davis, a winger, and back row forward James Freeman in the famous invitation club’s side. Freeman is a product of the mini and junior section at Solihull-based Camp Hill.
The Barbarians, who have named 18 newcomers in their squad, will be coached by Ian Davies, the director of rugby of Greene King IPA Championship club Cornish Pirates, with Scott Bemand of Loughborough Students, as his assistant.
Bemand, the former Moseley, Harlequins, Leicester and Bath scrum-half, is now skills coach at Loughborough having previously coached the North Midlands senior county side.
The Combined Services will wear newly-designed purple shirts with a poppy motif for the fixture, which will raise funds for the Royal British Legion.
The Services squad includes Chris Budgen the Army prop who retired from senior club rugby last season after stints with Birmingham & Solihull, Northampton Saints and Exeter Chiefs.
Backs: Barry Davies (Coventry and Wales), Alex Davis (Loughborough Students), Colin Goudie (Heriot’s), Chris Mayor (Sale), Tom Riley (Cornish Pirates), Cammy Ferguson (Heriot’s), Dai Flanagan (Pontypridd), Alex Davies (London Welsh), Ruairi Cushion (Plymouth Albion)
Forwards: LaurenceOvens (Rosslyn Park), Alan Paver (Cornish Pirates), Lewis Niven (Edinburgh), Duncan Bell (Lydney and England), Craig Hawkins (Llanelli), George Turner (Edinburgh), Haydn Pugh (Carmarthen Quins), Chris Dicomidis (Pontypridd and Cyprus), Charlie McGowan (Worthing), James Freeman (Loughborough Students), Rhys Oakley (Plymouth Albion and Wales), Sacha Harding (Bedford), Duane Eager (Llanelli)