Barbarians bow for Tindall
Mike Tindall has been called up to the Barbarians squad for the first time to face England, Ireland and Wales this summer.
The 33-year-old former England captain has not featured for his country since last November when he was fined £25,000 and removed from England's Elite Player Squad after off-the-field issues at the World Cup. Tindall was later reinstated to the Elite Player Squad and had his fine reduced to £15,000 on appeal but new England coach Stuart Lancaster has overlooked him for selection. However, he will now get an opportunity to prove he is worth again when the Barbarians face England at Twickenham on May 27, before matches against Ireland at Kingsholm on May 29 and Wales in Cardiff on June 2. Meanwhile, Scotland scrum-half Rory Lawson is among the debutants behind the scrum, while he is joined by fellow compatriot Johnnie Beattie. Welsh prop Duncan Jones is another new face in the squad and he is joined by fellow Osprey Shane Williams and London Wasps-bound Stephen Jones from the Principality. Samoa pair Sailosi Tagicakibau and Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu are also set to make their first appearances for the Barbarians with John Afoa, Juan Manuel Leguizamon and Mick O'Driscoll other new names in the set-up.