Border Reivers duo Stuart Moffat and Garry Law have been selected for the Barbarians’ summer tour of Tunisia and Spain which gets underway later this month. The touring party of 25 players, drawn from seven nationalities, includes seven new Barbarians and 13 test caps, will be coached by former All Black no.8 Zinzan Brooke.Border Reivers duo Stuart Moffat and Garry Law have been selected for the Barbarians’ summer tour of Tunisia and Spain which gets underway later this month.
The touring party of 25 players, drawn from seven nationalities, includes seven new Barbarians and 13 test caps, will be coached by former All Black no.8 Zinzan Brooke.
This year’s tour follows recent trips to Portugal in 2004 and Georgia last year. Barbarian secretary Geoffrey Windsor-Lewis said, “We are delighted to add two new countries to our itinerary.
“As well as our long established domestic fixtures in the United Kingdom, our annual trips overseas are proving to be extremely popular with the players we invite while the host countries invariably welcome us with open arms.
“In addition to playing two landmark matches, all of the tour party will be involved in coaching sessions with local youngsters and there will be civic receptions and another at the British embassy in Tunis. The ambassadorial element is very important to us.”
The tour has the official blessing of the International Rugby Board, who will also be sending a film crew to provide coverage for its ‘Total Rugby’ programme on Sky Sports.
Several of the playing squad are long-established Barbarians. Llanelli Scarlets and Wales prop John Davies made a try-scoring debut for the club against Cardiff in 1993 and will be on his third summer tour. Ireland centre Kevin Maggs has played six times for the Club over the years while Springbok Hottie Louw, fellow lock Simon Miall, international flanker Jason Forster, as well as Davies, have all played five times.
Among the younger contingent are former Wales under-21 prop Cai Griffiths both Cardiff Blues fly-halves Nick Macleod and Nick Robinson, and Scotland under-21 centre Garry Law.
Geoff Windsor-Lewis concluded, “Once again we have assembled a tour party that blends experience with youth and past experience has shown that this is the perfect recipe for a successful tour. With Zinzan [Brooke] coaching as well, everyone will benefit. We are honoured to be invited by the national rugby authorities of Tunisia and Spain and will conduct the tour on and off the field in the best traditions of the Barbarians.”
Stuart Moffat (Border Reivers & Scotland), *Rhys Williams (Cardiff Blues & Wales), Lee Robinson (Bristol Rugby), Tyrone Howe (Banbridge & Ireland), Matt Cornwell (Leicester Tigers), *Garry Law (Border Reivers), Kevin Maggs (Ulster Rugby & Ireland), *Nick Macleod (Cardiff Blues), Nicky Robinson (Cardiff Blues & Wales), *Guy Easterby (Leinster & Ireland), Clive Stuart-Smith (Llanelli Scarlets), John Davies (Llanelli Scarlets & Wales), Justin Fitzpatrick (Ulster Rugby & Ireland), Cai Griffiths (Ospreys), Dorian Williams (London Welsh)
Olivier Azam (Gloucester Rugby & France), *James Hayter (NEC Harlequins), Ollie Hodge (Exeter Chiefs), Hottie Louw (Bath Rugby & South Africa), Simon Miall (NEC Harlequins), Jason Forster (Doncaster Knights & Wales), Craig Hammond (Nottingham), Tom Johnson (Coventry), *Richard Parks (Perpignan & Wales), *Hugh Vyvyan (Saracens & England)
* = New Barbarian
Saturday 19 May - Tunisia v Barbarians in Tunis (kick-off 5pm local time)
Wednesday 23 May - Spain v Barbarians in Elche (7:30pm local time)