With Tommy, Danny & Josh involved for the England squad on Sunday to face the Barbarians, we thought we'd look at the Top Five Sale players that have played for the Barbarians.
NO 1: ERIC EVANS
Eric originally played for Old Aldwinians RUFC in 1936 but as the Second World War broke out, Old Aldwinians closed down, and Eric joined Sale FC in 1944. The hooker wasn't long at the club before the regular first team choice broke a leg and Eric was pitched into the 1st XV - a position he held for the next 19 years. He was also a member of the Lancashire side between 1945-57. He hung up his boots at the end of the 1962-63 season. He made 18 appearances for the Barbarians, with his first appearance coming on 27th December 1946, and last coming in April 1958. Prior to the conclusion of his playing career, Eric returned to his former club of Sale FC to undertake the role of Chairman from 1957-59, and President from 1958-65. In addition he became an England selector, was a member of the Barbarians Committee and subsequently President of Lancashire RU from 1975-76.
NO 2: SEBASTIAN BRUNO
The ex-Sale hooker played for the Barbarians in 2011, when they took on England at Twickenham ahead of the World Cup, the then England Saxons coach Stuart Lancaster took charge of the England side who lost 38-32 to Bruno's Barbarians. He played the final thirty minutes in the game.
NO 3: DAN BRAID
Our very own Dan Braid made an appearance for the Barbarians in December 2010. He came off the bench at Twickenham in the side's 26-20 win over a understrength South African side. Drew Mitchell scored two tries and James O'Connor one as the Baa-Baas stormed into a 19-3 half-time lead. South Africa hit back through Odwa Ndungane but Quintin Geldenhuys went over in the corner to restore the invitational side's 14-point lead. Braid came on for Colin Bourke in the 22nd minute.
NO 4: JASON ROBINSON
On his farewell appearance, Jason Robinson set up a try and earned a standing ovation as he played for the Barbarians against South Africa in December 2007. The Barbarians won 22-5, Matt Giteau opened the scoring with a typical Barbarian counter-attack try as the visitors failed to make the most of their early pressure at Twickenham. Barend Pieterse's try gave South Africa hope but tries either side of the break by Martyn Williams and Rocky Elsom ended hopes of a Springbok revival. With 13 minutes left, Robinson was substituted, to a standing ovation, with his place going to Peter Grant.
NO 5: SEBASTIAN CHABAL
Sebastian Chabal was part of the Barbarians side, which played in May 2005. He started in the game which the Baa-Baas won 52-39. An inexperienced England side failed to live with the class of the star-studded Barbarians at Twickenham on Saturday. The free-scoring Baa-Baas ran in eight tries, New Zealander Bruce Reihana grabbing two and top scoring with 22 points after adding six conversions. Australian Wendell Sailor added two tries with South African full-back Brent Russell also scoring a brace.
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