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Posted Friday, May 31st 2019

Bristol quartet to start for Barbarians at HQ

Charles Piutau, Steven Luatua, John Afoa and Chris Vui have all been named in the Barbarians starting XV for Sunday's Quilter Cup clash with an England XV at Twickenham.

The quartet, who will go head-to-head with club teammates Piers O'Conor and Callum Sheedy at HQ, take their place in a sensational match day squad, led by Bristol Bears Director of Rugby, Pat Lam.

Conor McPhillips (assistant coach), Jonathan Thomas (forwards coach), Rory Murray (head of medical) and Stuart Powell (head analyst) make up Lam's coaching team for the second successive season, as the Barbarians look to repeat last year's sensational victory over the Red Rose.

"We’ve got really good experience across the board and it’s great that there are nine different countries represented,” said Lam.

“We’re also delighted to have James Horwill on board — he’s had a tremendous career at the top of the game and to give him the opportunity to play his last professional game of rugby with us is pleasing.

"Overall we’ve selected experience and size up front, exciting players who can make things happen from nothing, and we have some firepower out wide."

Pat Lam, Director of Rugby

"Overall we’ve selected experience and size up front, exciting players who can make things happen from nothing, and we have some firepower out wide.

"This is a unique team with quality players and it will only play together this one time. So as per last year, I’ll be setting out to get our preparation right on and off the field to ensure we come together as brothers in a short amount of time to hopefully be a world class TEAM on Sunday.”

Barbarians: Charles Piutau, Niyi Adeolokun, Malakai Fekitoa, Mark Atkinson, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Colin Slade, Rhys Webb; Joe Marler, Richard Hibbard, John Afoa, James Horwill (c), Chris Vui, Steven Luatua, Francois Louw, Viliame Mata.

Replacements: David Heffernan, Piere Schoeman, Finlay Bealham, Facundo Isa, Liam Messam, Rhodri Williams, Brock James, Filipo Nakosi.