Manu Vunipola to line up for Barbarians against cousins Billy and Mako in England clash with fellow Saracens Richard Wigglesworth and Jackson Wray also in invitational side
- Manu Vunipola is likely to line-up against his cousins Mako and Billy on Sunday
- He’ll have fellow Saracens Richard Wigglesworth and Jackson Wray alongside
- Chris Robshaw will also play for the Barbarians in last game before move to USA
Saracens trio Richard Wigglesworth, Jackson Wray and Manu Vunipola will line up against England for the Barbarians a week on Sunday.
Now without any matches to play, after Saracens were relegated into the Championship which has no set start date, they will don the famous black and white shirts against their nation.
Flanker Wray and fly-half Vunipola are both uncapped, whereas Wigglesworth, 37, played 33 times for England since his debut in 2008.
Manu Vunipola is in the Barbarians squad to face England at Twickenham on Sunday
Manu’s cousins Billy (left) and Mako (right) are in the England squad for the game
Wigglesworth is leaving Saracens, but still not keen to retire.
‘This feels such a fitting way to bring this season to a close,’ he said.
‘It will be a real honour to run out in the Black and White against Eddie’s England side. 2019/20 has been a strange and challenging time for us as players, but capping it off by becoming a Barbarian is something I will look back on with great pride.’
Wray – who came through the Sarries academy with Owen Farrell, Mako Vunipola and Jamie George and has since amassed 252 appearances for the club – added: ‘It’s going to be a great week and a great match. I’m always hungry for new experiences in rugby and becoming a BaaBaa is up there with the biggest of honours.
Richard Wigglesworth will also be playing for the BaaBaas and looks forward to the ‘honour’
‘I’m really excited to be part of the unique Barbarians brand of rugby and I know we’ll all enjoy going out there and giving it our all against England.’
Vunipola, the 20-year-old No 10, will likely now line up against his cousins Mako and Billy.
‘It will be very surreal running out at Twickenham in Barbarians’ Black and White, playing against Mako and Billy,’ the 20-year-old said.
‘I’ve had so many amazing rugby influences in my career so far – my dad (Elisi, who played 41 times for Tonga including in two World Cups), obviously my cousins, and some incredible teammates at Sarries like Owen Farrell.
‘It’s really incredible to think I will be part of a Barbarians squad that will be going up against England in the first international match at Twickenham for nearly eight months. I’m thrilled. I can’t wait.’
Chris Robshaw will also play in the game, his last on English soil before moving to America, and the Barbarians will be coached by Fiji boss Vern Cotter.
Chris Robshaw will play his final game before the move to continue his career in the USA