Vancouver duo to feature for 125 year old touring side on Tuesday against Leicester Tigers before returning to Canada’s November Tour on Wednesday
ISN – LEICESTER, ENGLAND – Rugby Canada is happy to announce that Jason Marshall and Sean Duke have been selected for the Barbarians RFC after being selected for their Tuesday game against Leicester Tigers.
The Barbarians are the world’s preeminent invitational side that date back to 1890. They have featured international players from countries across the UK, France, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and Fiji. Canada has also contributed many players, including former Captains Al Charron and Gareth Rees.
In fact it was through Rees and Coach Kieran Crowley’s connection with former All Black and Coach of the Baa-Baa’s that this current opportunity came about. Before departing for Canada’s second game of the year-end tour in North Wales, Crowley and Rees met with Kirwan ahead of their game against Leicester Tigers on Tuesday evening.
“Our continued focus is on the game on Friday against Namibia and the next two against Samoa and Romania. This is a great opportunity for Sean and Jason to experience playing for the historic Barbarians side against English Premiership opposition, the Leicester Tigers,” said head coach Kieran Crowley.
“Duke and Marshall will re-join the team in North Wales on Wednesday to resume preparation for Namibia test match,” added Crowley.
“This is a great opportunity for Sean and Jason to play alongside some of the world’s best players and join the world’s most famous club,” said Rees, Canada’s Men’s Program Manager.
“These types of opportunities for Canadian players are increasingly rare since the onset of professional rugby. I am delighted for them both and that they will both don the famous jersey,” added Rees.
26-year-old Duke has been a stalwart on Canada’s Men’s Sevens Team and recently competed in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the first leg of the IRB Sevens World Series in Australia. Despite Canada’s disappointing loss to the Championship XV side, Duke played a strong 80 minutes on the wing for Canada.
“To be selected to play for the Barbarians is a huge honour for me and I am looking forward to experiencing their unique brand of rugby before returning to focus on Namibia,” said Duke.
The Barbarians are fresh off a 40-36 loss to the Australian Wallabies on Saturday at Twickenham in front of nearly 50,000 fans at the home of the RFU in London.
Marshall, who did not play in Sunday’s fixture against the Championship XV, recently made it to the final of the ITM Cup Championship in New Zealand with Hawke’s Bay.
“The Barbarians are a well respected team around the world and on Saturday against the Wallabies they showed the exciting brand of rugby that they’re known to play,” said Marshall.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to join the Barbarians for the next 36 hours before returning to the Canadian side for the remainder of the November tour,” added the Vancouver native.
Canada’s Men’s Team departs today for North Wales to continue their year-end tour against Namibia on the 7th in Colwyn Bay. Following that test match, the team will depart for France to play Samoa in Vannes on the 14th before closing out the tour in Bucharest against Romania on the 22nd.