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O'Sullivan to lead the Barbarians

Eddie O'Sullivan
O'Sullivan takes the Baa-Baas reins after Kingsley Jones was ruled out

Former Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan will take charge of the Barbarians against the Scarlets on 31 January.

Kingsley Jones had been set to lead the Baa-Baas in the official opening of the stadium at Parc Y Scarlets, Llanelli, but withdrew due to Sale commitments.

The invitational side have named an initial squad of 16, with more to come.

"We've [players from]... New Zealand, England, Ireland, Argentina, Australia, Samoa, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Tonga," said Scarlets boss Stuart Gallacher.


"Put those names together and it's a very exciting mix and it will be great game to watch.

"This is something that the whole of Welsh rugby should celebrate in and we want as many people as possible to be part of this historic and memorable event - just as we did at the closure of Stradey Park."

Barbarians squad (more names to follow): Anton Oliver (Oxford and New Zealand), Dan Vickerman (Cambridge and Australia), Brian Carney (Munster and Ireland), Ben Blair (Cardiff Blues and New Zealand), Oriol Ripol (Sale Sharks and Spain), Tomas De Vedia (London Irish and Argentina), Gordon Ross (Saracens and Scotland), Michael Claassens (Bath and South Africa), Federico Pucciariello (Munster and Italy), Paul Tito (Cardiff Blues), Mosese Rauluni (Saracens & Fiji), Aaron Persico (Calvisano and Italy), Marty Holah (Ospreys and New Zealand), Maama Molitika (Cardiff Blues and Tonga), Mark Regan (Bristol and England), Gavin Quinnell (Viadana)

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see also
Scarlets bid for Baa-Baas crowds
07 Jan 09 |  Scarlets
History of the Barbarians
05 Dec 07 |  Welsh
Scarlets announce Baa-Baas match
24 Sep 08 |  Scarlets
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales

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