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June 20, 2024, 12:00 pm
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Sam Whitelock to lead experienced Babarians squad against Flying Fiji

Irfaan Khan
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Sam Whitelock is set for a Twickenham swansong when he captains a Barbarian side packed with international experience in their Killik Cup clash with the Flying Fijians at Twickenham on Sunday.

Two-time Rugby World Cup winner Whitelock heads a 23-player squad that includes eight England internationals and a total of 968 Test caps.

Ben Youngs and Danny Care will share scrum-half duties on Sunday, while Zach Mercer, Kyle Sinckler, Jonny May, Jonathan Joseph, David Ribbans and Kieran Brookes have also been selected for the invitational side.

They have been joined in a formidable Barbarian squad by former Japan hooker Shota Horie – who like Whitelock is playing his final match – Wallaby Scott Sio and France star Gaël Fickou, all of whom have at least 50 international caps to their name.

Incoming Saracens fly-half Fergus Burke is set to make his first appearance in London, meanwhile, and will line-up in an exciting backline that also includes Leicester Fainga’anuku, Virimi Vakatawa, and Chay Fihaki.

Robbie Deans has returned to coach the Barbarians for a sixth time and has called on a number of players from his Saitama Wild Knights side that finished as Japan Rugby League One runners-up last month.

The Flying Fijians play Barbarians at 4:15am on Sunday.