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Traynor Earns Barbarians Call-Up

Kyle Traynor has been selected to represent the Barbarians versus Samoa on Saturday, 29 August (3pm KO). 

The Bristol and Scotland prop will represent the world famous invitational side in the first ever rugby match to be played at the London Olympic Stadium.

The Barbarians will field an international fifteen when they take on Samoa, who are preparing for Pool B matches against South Africa, Scotland, the USA and Japan.

“I’m honoured to have been selected and looking forward to the opportunity to represent the Barbarians,” Traynor told

“It’s something on every player’s bucket list, so to earn a call-up is a proud moment. The chance to play at the Olympic Stadium ahead of the Rugby World Cup is exciting and it promises to be a bruising encounter against a strong Samoa side.”

The 25-man Barbarians squad to face Samoa:


Luke Burgess (Zebre & Australia), Tom English (Melbourne Rebels), Nic Groom (WP/Stormers), Mike Harris (Melbourne Rebels & Australia), Christian Leali’ifano (Brumbies & Australia), Taqele Naiyaravoro (Glasgow Warriors), Wynand Olivier (South Africa), Dom Shipperley (Melbourne Rebels), Dwayne Sweeney (Munakata Sanix Blues), Ben Tapuai (Western Force & Australia), Paul Williams (Stade Francais & Samoa)


Bakkies Botha (South Africa), Saia Fainga’a (Reds & Australia), Liam Gill (Reds & Australia), Carl Hayman (New Zealand), Josh Hohneck (Highlanders), Luke Jones (Melbourne Rebels), Tolu Latu (Waratahs), Jacques Potgieter (Munakata Sanix Blues & South Africa), Benn Robinson (Waratahs & Australia), Pierre Spies (Kintetsu Liners, Montpellier & South Africa), Adam Thomson (Reds & New Zealand), Kyle Traynor (Bristol & Scotland), Maks van Dyk  (Cheetahs), Ali Williams (New Zealand).