England v Barbarians: Robshaw, Wrigglesworth, Maitland, Wray among players have withdrawn


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Lieu: Stade de Twickenham Date: Sunday 25 October Start: 14h00 GMT
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Chris Robshaw, Richard Wigglesworth, Sean Maitland and Jackson Wray are among 12 barbaric players who withdrew from Sunday’s game against England after breaking Covid rules.

The players left their hotel bubble contrary to team protocols to dine at a restaurant in central London.

Sunday’s game is on the line as the barbarians try to recruit enough players to replace those who have resigned.

However, it seems they remain confident in building a team.

In addition to Wigglesworth, Wray and Maitland, it is understood that a number of other Saracen players were also involved.

Barbarian FC have expressed “extreme disappointment” at the conduct of the players who have broken the rules.

They only announced their 23-man strength on Wednesday and face a daunting task to replace those expelled.

Cardiff RFC said Fridayexternal link that center Max Llewellyn, son of former Wales lock Gareth, and fullback Ioan Davies had been called up to the squad.

An update on the continuation of the game is expected later on Friday.

The players involved in Wednesday night’s unauthorized excursion were separated from the rest of the Barbarians squad upon their return to the hotel.

Although the team are to be tested again for coronavirus ahead of Sunday’s match at Twickenham, the Rugby Football Union said it would “not be possible to guarantee that these players will not be contagious in the period up to to the match included ”.

“The RFU has scheduled the game to provide a warm-up match before the postponed Italy-England Guinness Six Nations match, however, this will not compromise player safety,” he added.

The development of the Barbarians games is famous for its emphasis on socializing and the team management has set up a team room at their London base to entertain the players.

Leicester winger Nemani Nadolo, who has played twice for the Barbarians, and Bristol Bears, who were waiting to make the Premiership final on Saturday ahead Wasps have been shown to contain a Covid-19 outbreak, were among those who offered their services to the Barbarians on social media.


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