International flavour to Barbarians line-up
3 April 2008, 9:49 am
The Barbarians have invited players from nine nations to represent the Club in the match to celebrate the 150th anniversary season of Edinburgh Academicals at Raeburn Place on next Wednesday.
Among the eight capped players in the squad of 22 are Scotland's Gordon Bulloch and his fellow 2001 Lion, Tyrone Howe. The Club has also invited rising stars from the recent Six Nations under-20 tournament including England's Rob Miller and Dan Norton and Scotland's Ross Samson.
Club president Micky Steele-Bodger said, “As a club we are proud to have been invited by Edinburgh Academicals and we are delighted to be able to accept the honour. It is a great achievement to have reached this milestone of 150 years of rugby and congratulations to the Accies on having done so.”
He added, “We will be bringing a Barbarians' squad which reflects our own commitment to balancing established players with youngsters who have a great future in front of them.”
Accies' captain Dan Teague said, “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the players and for the club to play against the Barbarians. They are a team all rugby fans and players can associate with; we've grown up watching their matches and admiring the great names that have played for them and in the exciting style in which they play.”
The Barbarians will be coached by one of Scotland's all-time greats, John Jeffrey, who played for the Baa-Baas on eight occasions and is now a Club committee man.
The match, which will be all-ticket, is being played at one of the most evocative and historic grounds of rugby union world-wide, Raeburn Place, where the first ever international, between Scotland and England, was played in 1871.
Stuart Moffat (Viadana & Scotland); Tyrone Howe (Banbridge & Ireland)), Matt Allen (Bedford Blues), Nick Macleod (Cardiff Blues), Craig Morgan (Bristol Rugby & Wales); *Rob Miller (Newcastle Falcons), *Nick Runciman (Worcester Warriors); Dorian Williams (London Welsh), *Gordon Bulloch (West of Scotland & Scotland), Nigel Hall (Nottingham), Jon Phillips (Bedford Blues), *Peter Sidoli (Newport Gwent Dragons), *Tammas McVie (Heriot's), Gavin Quinnell (Worcester Warriors), *Genaro Fessia (Sale Sharks & Argentina)
And Gavin Quinnell, does that mean that father and three sons have all been selected?
Also see Moretti is on the bench, does anyone remember that rainy day at Moseley just before Christmas,howling a gale and every throw was still sent to the back of the line-out most of which were lost, so did Wuss!
When I worked in Edinburgh after graduating I used to get off the bus at Raeburn Place which was on the way to the office. It's just off Stockbridge, down the hill from the West End of Edinburgh, and not too far from Fettes College (Tony Blair's old school). The family who I lodged with sent 2 of their 3 sons to Edinburgh Academy, which is an independent boys' school. Like many Edinburgh private schools its old boys teams that are the top rugby sides from that city.
Seeing the ground I was always amazed it hosted Scottish internationals before Murryfield because I remember it had one small stand and a pavilion.
Hopefully Nick will be able to play in this game. I would guess the Ba-Ba's are going to have a lot more fixtures like this as clubs reach these anniversary milestones.
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