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Wednesday, 24 October, 2001, 10:43 GMT 11:43 UK
Howley to captain Barbarians
Robert Howley v Australia
Howley is looking forward to playing Australia again
Rob Howley will captain the Barbarians against Australia in the final match of the world champions' European tour.

"It is an honour to represent this illustrious club but to be asked to captain the side is something truly unique," Howley, the Wales scrum half and former captain, said.

The Scottish Amicable Challenge takes place in Cardiff on 28 November.


I'm sure he will relish this huge challenge on his home soil
Bob Dwyer
Barbarians coach

South Africans Breyton Paulse, Mark Andrews, Percy Montgomery, Rassie Erasmus, Bram Van Straaten and Werner Swanepoel are among the latest players to agree to be part of the squad.

They join Frenchmen Olivier Magne and Stephane Glass, Neil Back of England and Dafydd James of Wales.

Last season's Premiership player of the year Pat Howard will also relish the chance to line up against his countrymen.

Barbarians coach Bob Dwyer said: "I have picked an extremely mobile back row consisting of Neil Back, Rassie Erasmus and Olivier Magne.

"They will complement an attacking set of three-quarters and, in particular, the South Africans Breyton, Braam and Percy who excelled in the attacking Barbarian style of play at last year's game."

Of Howley's appointment, Dwyer said: "With the plethora of skills he possesses and his wealth of experience, I am sure he will relish this huge challenge on his home soil."

Philippe Sella, the world's most-capped player, is assisting Dwyer by coaching the backs.

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