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Posted Wednesday, May 15th 2019

Charles Piutau called up to Barbarians squad for England clash

Charles Piutau is the fourth Bristol Bears player to be called up to Pat Lam's Barbarians squad for the clash with England at Twickenham on Sunday, June 2nd. 

The All Black will pull on the famous black and white jersey alongside Chris Vui, Steven Luatua and John Afoa at HQ, with head coach Lam returning with the same coaching team that plotted last season's nine-try victory.

It will be Piutau's second outing with the Barbarians at Twickenham following a try-scoring performance in a 43-19 victory over Fiji in 2013.

Edinburgh’s award-winning No.8, Viliame Mata and Toulon back row forwards Liam Messam and Facundo Isa have also been called up to Lam's squad, with New Zealand centre Malakai Fekitoa, Wales scrum half Rhys Webb and Fijian wing Filipo Nakosi already called up. However, injury has forced Josua Tuisova to withdraw.

Charles Piutau in action for the Barbarians in 2013.

It increases the depth of talent available to Head Coach Pat Lam, whose side beat England by a record 63-45 scoreline in the Quilter Cup match last year - and he hopes they will produce a performance to honour them memory of long-standing club President Micky Steeele-Bodger, who passed away at the age of 93 last week.

Lam said: "Everyone involved in rugby was sad to hear about Micky’s passing. He was such a great character, gave so much to the game for so long, and held strong beliefs about the way it should be played on and off the field. 

“The players and management will honour his memory as much as we can in the competitive and exciting way we try to play the game, and in the friendships that will be established by a unique group of players.”