May 10, 2013
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Rokocoko in Baa-Baas squad

Bayonne and New Zealand winger Joe Rokocoko has been included in the Barbarians 22-man squad for their two-match tour against England and the British and Irish Lions.

Rokocoko who has also been included in the Classic All Blacks squad alongside Sitiveni Sivivatu for the match against Fiji next month is among the latest batch of star names to confirm their availability for the Barbarians along with former Lions James Hook, Dwayne Peel and Matthew Rees, and Nick Evans, four members of Italy's Six Nations' team - Sergio Parisse, Martin Castrogiovanni, Leonardo Ghiraldini and Alessandro Zanni - and Springboks B J Botha, Marco Wentzel and Francois Louw.

Ten different nationalities are represented, including Samoa's scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i.

In a report on their website, team manager Derek Quinnell said the selection process had taken several months and was still to be completed.

“Over the next week or so we will be monitoring the domestic play-off matches in Europe and the various national squads for the summer tours.”

The Barbarians kick-off their tour against England at Twickenham on 27 May before flying to Hong Kong for the historic encounter against the British and Irish Lions on Sunday 2 June.

On Sunday, December 1, the Barbarians will be returning to Twickenham Stadium to take on Fiji.

Backs
Jared Payne (Ulster), Rowan Varty (DeA Tigers & Hong Kong), Takudzwa Ngwenya (Bairritz Olympique & USA), Joe Rokocoko (Bayonne & New Zealand), James Hook (Perpignan & Wales), Nick Evans (Harlequins & New Zealand), Kahn Fotuali'i (Ospreys & Samoa), Dwayne Peel (Sale Sharks & Wales), Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz Olympique & France)
Forwards
Duncan Jones (Ospreys & Wales), B J Botha (Munster & South Africa), Paul James (Bath Rugby & Wales), Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester & Italy), Matthew Rees (Scarlets & Wales), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Benetton Treviso & Italy), Marco Wentzel (London Wasps & South Africa), Jim Hamilton (Gloucester Rugby & Scotland), Francois Louw (Bath Rugby & South Africa), Sam Jones (London Wasps), Alessandro Zanni (Benetton Treviso & Italy), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais & Italy), Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz Olympique & France)

Coach
David Young
Player/Assistant coach
Mike Tindall (Gloucester Rugby & England)

Photo: rugbynews.fr
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