Ireland centre Bundee Aki will lead the Barbarians against England

Bundee Aki
Bundee Aki

Ireland centre Bundee Aki will lead the Barbarians against England as one of three home unions players included in the squad for the non-cap international at Twickenham.

Aki, a Grand Slam winner who has won all seven of his starts for Joe Schmidt's men, is joined by Wales openside Justin Tipuric and Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw among the 17 players confirmed so far.

Barbarians and Bristol head coach Pat Lam, who signed Aki for Connacht from the Chiefs in 2014, said: "I'd like to thank Joe Schmidt for making Bundee Aki available to us, as he'll be a big asset.

"The big thing about Bundee is that he's an unbelievable competitor. A lot of the Pacific Island boys have that X-factor but he loves putting his head in the dark places and thriving in turnover and contact work."

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