Thomas Waldrom added to Barbarians squad

Exeter Chiefs forward joins star names for matches against Ireland in Limerick and England in London next week

Thomas Waldrom is the latest player to be called up to the Barbarians squad to play Ireland and England next week.

The giant Exeter Chiefs number eight is the Aviva Premiership’s top try-scorer this season with 16 scores in 22 matches following his switch from Leicester Tigers last summer.

Playing for the Barbarians is a great experience and an honour, they enjoy their rugby and express themselves and I’ll really enjoy being part of that.

Thomas Waldrom

The 32-year-old is the first English player to make the squad that already includes Wales and British and Irish Lions duo Adam Jones and Alex Cuthbert, former All Black Joe Rokocoko, Australia’s George Smith and Berrick Barnes and Leinster trio Shane Jennings, Zane Kirchner and Jimmy Gopperth.

Despite a superb season for his club, the four-times capped England international missed out on Stuart Lancaster’s 50-man Rugby World Cup training squad, but the New Zealand-born forward is looking forward to getting stuck into action after receiving an invitation to join Robbie Dean’s all star squad.

“It’ll be an enjoyable week,” Waldrom said.

“Playing for the Barbarians is a great experience and an honour, they enjoy their rugby and express themselves and I’ll really enjoy being part of that.

“It’s all about having the chance to express yourself and enjoying the game. I’m sure Robbie Deans will have some great moves for us to come up with in the games.

“I’ll probably go back and have a look at some of those old All Blacks flick moves from the early 1990s and see if we can find something special.”

The rest of the Barbarians squad will be confirmed on Sunday afternoon following the Aviva Premiership and Guinness PRO12 semi-finals.

Barbarians Confirmed Players:

Berrick Barnes (Panasonic Wild Knights and Australia)
Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues and Wales)
Jimmy Gopperth (Leinster)
Shane Jennings (Leinster and Ireland)
Adam Jones (Cardiff Blues and Wales)
Zane Kirchner (Leinster and South Africa)
Joe Rokocoko (Bayonne and New Zealand)
George Smith (Lyon and Australia)
Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs and England)

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