Tue, May 27, 2003 - Page 20 News List

Barbarians down a weakened England in a rough match


A star-studded Barbarians lineup ran in seven converted tries to embarrass Clive Woodward's England 49-36 at Twickenham on Sunday.

French internationals Thomas Castaignede, Christian Califano, Rafael Ibanez and Franck Tournaire, New Zealand's Mark Robinson and Bruce Reihana and Ireland's Jonathan Bell all crossed the English line with Ireland's David Humphreys converting all seven tries.

The Barbarians romped into a 21-3 lead after just 24 minutes against an England team missing most of its big stars.

Although experienced prop Phil Vickery led the team, Woodward fielded a lineup of young, backup players who could make his squads for a summer tour of New Zealand and Australia and the World Cup in October.

While they hit back with five tries, they looked poor defensively as the Barbarians, with South African second row AJ Venter in standout form, repeatedly got through before 67,000 fans at the home of English rugby.

"It's a very young team and when a team of that experience takes it seriously against you it's like a full-on test match," Woodward said.

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