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Posted Monday, May 27th 2019

England call-ups for O’Conor and Sheedy

Piers O’Conor and Callum Sheedy have been rewarded for outstanding breakthrough seasons in the Gallagher Premiership with a call-up to Jim Mallinder’s England squad for Sunday’s clash with Pat Lam’s Barbarians at Twickenham (3:30pm KO).

The exciting back duo, who enjoyed impressive campaigns as Bristol Bears secured the highest points total by a promoted side for 12 years, will go head-to-head with four of their club teammates at HQ.

Chris Vui, Steven Luatua, John Afoa and Charles Piutau will all line up for the prestigious Barbarians, who will be led by head coach, Lam and assisted by Conor McPhillips (backs coach), Jonathan Thomas (forwards coach), Stuart Powell (analyst) and Rory Murray (physio).

That makes it 11 members of the Bristol Bears rugby programme involved in the showpiece fixture, and Lam says it will be a proud day for the club.

“It’ll be a fantastic occasion for the club on Sunday with six Bears players sharing the field and five of the management team leading the Barbarians."

Pat Lam, head coach

“We’re delighted to see these two young men (Callum Sheedy and Piers O’Conor) get the opportunity to represent their country for the first time,” he said.

“It’s a testament to their hard work this season and the huge progress they have shown in the Bears environment.

“It’ll be a fantastic occasion for the club on Sunday with six Bears players sharing the field and five of the management team leading the Barbarians.

“This is a great example of part of our vision, where our rugby programme gives players an opportunity to play for England.”

Forwards
Josh Beaumont (Sale Sharks), Ben Curry (Sale Sharks), Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins), Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby), Tom Ellis (Bath Rugby), Ross Harrison (Sale Sharks), Teimana Harrison (Northampton Saints), Paul Hill (Northampton Saints), Beno Obano (Bath Rugby), Ehren Painter (Northampton Saints), Will Spencer (Leicester Tigers), Elliott Stooke (Bath Rugby) , Tommy Taylor (Wasps).

Backs
Josh Bassett (Wasps), Simon Hammersley (Newcastle Falcons), Ben Loader (London Irish) , Joe Marchant (Harlequins), Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints), Piers O’Conor (Bristol Bears), Callum Sheedy (Bristol Bears), Marcus Smith (Harlequins), Ben White (Leicester Tigers), Johnny Williams (Newcastle Falcons).



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