Corry to Captain Barbarians at Twickenham

Former England captain Martin Corry will bid farewell to professional rugby by captaining the Barbarians for their upcoming matches against England, at Twickenham on May 30, and Australia, in Sydney on June 6.


The matches will represent Corry’s last top-level outings as a professional with the 35-year-old Leicester forward having announced that he will retire at the end of the season.


Barbarians’ president Micky Steele-Bodger said Corry had been a popular choice by the invitational team’s selection committee.


“He is held in high regard by everyone who has played with and against him and as he is retiring after our tour we are delighted to think that his final matches will be in a Barbarian jersey,” Steele-Bodger said.


Corry said he was honoured to be able to end his career by representing the BaaBaas for a final time.


“They are a club that holds dear everything which is right about rugby,” he said. “They never fail to promote the proper values and traditional qualities of our sport.” Corry won 64 England caps and was skipper in 17 of those matches.


The Barbarians squad has been finalised with the addition of the 77-times capped Wallabies’ flanker Phil Waugh and Fijian wing Ratu Nasiganiyavi.


Clarke Dermody replaces the injured Iestyn Thomas while Peter Grant and Justin Harrison are unavailable.


Barbarians squad


Backs:


Ben Blair (NZL), Doug Howlett (NZL), Sonny Bill Williams (NZL), Seilala Mapusua (SAM), Luke McAlister (NZL), Josh Lewsey (ENG), Geordan Murphy (IRL), Ian Balshaw (ENG), Gordon D’Arcy (IRL), Ratu Nasiganiyavi (FIJ), Justin Marshall (NZL), Dimitri Yachvili (FRA)


Forwards:


Sebastien Bruno (FRA), Schalk Brits (RSA), Clarke Dermody (NZL), Greg Somerville (NZL), B J Botha (RSA), Chris Jack (NZL), Paul Tito (NZL), Martin Corry (ENG capt.), Jerry Collins (NZL), Rocky Elsom (AUS), Serge Betsen (FRA), Phil Waugh (AUS) Coach: David Young (WAL) Backs’ coach: Mike Catt (ENG)


Sapa-AFP

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