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Babaas Recall Star Winger For Fiji Clash

  The Barbarians are wary of the Vodafone Flying Fijians. Barbarians coaches Robbie Deans and Will Greenwood have called in Ulster, Ireland and Lions winger Tommy Bowe. He is the
05 Nov 2016 13:58
Babaas Recall Star Winger For Fiji Clash
Vodafone Flying Fijians squad members Vatemo Ravouvou with Jale Sassen in Toulouse, France yesterday. Photo: Fiji Rugby

 

The Barbarians are wary of the Vodafone Flying Fijians.

Barbarians coaches Robbie Deans and Will Greenwood have called in Ulster, Ireland and Lions winger Tommy Bowe.

He is the latest Ulster player to be named in the Barbarians squad for their November tour.

Bowe will join up with his fellow Ulster team-mates Ruan Pienaar and Dan Tuohy for the eagerly-anticipated showdown with Fiji at the home of Ulster Rugby, Kingspan Stadium, next Friday. The top try scorer in PRO12 history, Bowe boasts an impressive CV that has seen him capped 139 times for Ulster and 67 times for Ireland.

At international level, the Monaghan man has won three RBS 6 Nations titles with Ireland, including the famous Grand Slam in 2009, and was also awarded the Player of the Championship honour in 2010. Bowe has represented the British & Irish Lions on two tours, making a indelible scoring impression in South Africa in 2009 and again in Australia four years later.

The Fijians will be captained by Montpellier back rower Akapusi Qera and their roster also includes Olympic Sevens gold medallists Leone Nakarawa and Vatemo Ravouvou.

There are also a number of other big names among the squad including scrum half Nikola Matawalu, who joined Bath in 2015 following four seasons at Glasgow Warriors, and Montpellier’s try-scoring sensation Nemani Nodolo.

The Barbarians three-game series, starts tomorrow against South Africa at Wembley. The Barbarians will then travel to Prague to play the Czech Republic on Tuesday, November 8, before completing their tour against Fiji at Kingspan Stadium three days later.

The impressive looking squad features Test players from four nations, including New Zealand World Cup winners Ben Franks and Andy Ellis, as well as fellow All Blacks Seta Tamanivalu and Luke Whitelock.

They will be joined by Australian internationals Sam Carter, Luke Morahan, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Paddy Ryan and Toby Smith. Ulster supporters will have plenty to cheer for with Pienaar, Tuohy and Bowe lining out for the famous invitational side on their province’s home ground.

Edited by Osea Bola

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