Laidlaw to face England with Barbarians

  • England to face Baa Bass on Sunday 27 May
  • Barbarians tickets available here

Scotland scrum half Greig Laidlaw has been added to the Barbarians squad for the Quilter Cup game against England at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday 27 May. 

Laidlaw returns to the Barbarians fold 12 years after making his first two appearances for the club. He was a 20 year-old rookie when he made his debut in a 31-10 win against the Royal Navy in 2006, and made his second appearance against the Combined Services later that year.

He enjoyed a first win over England in his 63-cap career this year with the 25-13 victory at Murrayfield in the NatWest 6 Nations.

The former Edinburgh and Gloucester scrum half is the latest player to be confirmed in the squad following the announcement of New Zealand back Charles Piutau, with more names to be released next week.

“England will be strong against the Barbarians," said Laidlaw. "They've got a good team and against the Baa-baas will probably be taking a look at a few players, so they’ll be really hungry to impress Eddie Jones.

“But you’ve got to back yourselves. England have a very good defence but with Scotland we decided to take it on. 

"The coaches came up with a couple of good ideas to stretch their defence, create some line-breaks, and when you do that you have a chance. I hope I have a couple of ideas I can bring to help the Barbarians do that."

"I’d always thought the way the Barbarians play the game is great – and it was great to have played in those games, now I’m looking forward to playing in a much bigger arena against England.

“The Barbarians stands for everything that's exciting about rugby’s values – you come together, have lots of fun and go out to play the best rugby you possibly can.”

Tickets for the Quilter Cup match between England and the Barbarians start at £25 for adults, £10 for children and are available at www.englandrugby.com/tickets


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