Wales duo to face Wales for Barbarians

by staff

Welsh duo Martyn Williams and Lestyn Thomas are in the Barbarians side to play Wales at the Millennium Stadium here on Saturday.

Williams, 35, lost his place in the Wales back row to Sam Warburton during the Six Nations but is still eyeing a place in Warren Gatland's squad for this year's World Cup in New Zealand.

Italy No.8 Sergio Parisse remains as captain after leading the Barbarians to a 38-32 victory against England at Twickenham last weekend.

Among the southern hemispshere players selected are New Zealand winger Doug Howlett and Fiji centre Seru Rabenu while the pack features South Africa's Joe van Niekerk and All Black prop Carl Hayman.

George Smith is the only Qantas Wallaby but former rugby league Test player Willie Mason joins him on the bench.


Isa Nacewa (Leinster/FIJ); Paul Sackey (Toulon/ENG), Seru Rabeni (La Rochelle/FIJ), Mathieu Bastareaud (Stade Francais/FRA), Doug Howlett (Munster/NZL); Brock James (Clermont Auvergne), Sebastien Tillous-Borde (Castres/FRA); Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais/ITA, capt), Martyn Williams (Cardiff/WAL), Joe van Niekerk (Toulon/RSA); Paul Tito (Cardiff), Iosefa Tekori (Castres/SAM); Carl Hayman (Toulon/NZL), Sebastien Bruno (Toulon/FRA), Iestyn Thomas (Scarlets/WAL)

Replacements: Leonardo Ghiraldini (Treviso/ITA), Davit Kubriashvili (Toulon/GEO), Erik Lund (Biarritz/NOR), George Smith (Toulon/AUS), Lloyd Williams (Cardiff), Willie Mason (Toulon), Benoit Baby (Clermont Auvergne/FRA)

Note: Country code indicates player capped by that country. No country code indicates player uncapped.