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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 April, 2003, 10:00 GMT 11:00 UK
Humphreys in Baa-Baas debut
David Humphreys is Ireland's leading points scorer
Humphreys will become a Barbarian next month

Ireland fly-half David Humphreys will pull on the famous Barbarians jersey for the first time next month.

The 31-year-old Ulster fly-half is one of five Irish players called into an initial Baa-Baas squad to take on England, Scotland and Wales at the end of May.

The success of Ireland's RBS Six Nations campaign sees Kevin Maggs and Geordan Murphy called up, while veteran Mick Galwey and former Lions lock Jeremy Davidson will also be in action.

Humphreys will link up with his provincial coach Alan Solomons who has been given the job of licking the Baa-Baas into shape.

"Many great Irish players have represented the club over the years and it gives me great pleasure that a further five will be joining us on the tour,'' said Barbarians president Micky Steele-Bodger.

"I am sure their wealth of experience and individual skills will make an invaluable contribution to the squad."

Humphreys, who won his 52nd cap in the Grand Slam showdown with England, looks set to face the Six Nations champions again in the tour opener and is looking forward to the challenge.

So many players have told me what a fantastic experience it is
David Humphreys

"This will be my first opportunity to play for the Barbarians, and I am very excited,'' said Humphreys, who has played for Oxford, London Irish, and presently for Ulster club Dungannon.

''It has been one of my lifelong rugby ambitions to represent the world's most famous invitational side.

"So many players have told me what a fantastic experience they have had with the Baa-baas and I was thrilled to get the call-up."

Humphreys, who holds the Irish record after accumulating 423 points in a seven-year international career, will have Austin Pichot as one of his half-back partners.

So far 13 players from seven nations have accepted an invitation including two recently-retired international players.

Welsh giant Scott Quinnell and Scottish flanker Budge Pountney have been invited to play, as has England's Iain Balshaw who has just recently returned to action following surgery.

The Barbarians face England on 25 May at Twickenham, Scotland at Murrayfield on 28 May and Wales at the Millennium Stadium three days later.

Barbarians: Scott Quinnell (Llanelli & Wales), Budge Pountney (Northampton & Scotland), Iain Balshaw (Bath & England), Thomas Castaignede (Saracens & France), Agustin Pichot (Bristol & Argentina), Percy Montgomery (Newport & South Africa), Daryl Gibson (Bristol & New Zealand), Andre Vos (Harlequins & South Africa), Mick Galwey (Munster & Ireland), David Humphreys (Ulster & Ireland), Kevin Maggs (Bath & Ireland), Geordan Murphy (Leicester & Ireland), Jeremy Davidson (Ulster & Ireland).

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