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Katy Daley-Mclean ends her career with a barbarian appearance

Daley-Mclean will have the chance of a deportation from Twickenham in late 2020, which the Covid restrictions deny her

Date: Saturday November 27th Kicking off: 14:30 GMT (in Samoa) 17:15 GMT (in Springbok women)
Cover: Live on BBC One (v Samoa), Red Button and iPlayer (v Springbok Women)

England’s World Champion Katy Daley-Mclean will retire after appearing in the club’s first double-header game for a high-profile barbarian women’s team.

“The opportunity to return to Twickenham and play in the black and white hoops one more time won’t beat that. It’s one last time,” the 35-year-old Fly-half told BBC Sport.

The barbarian women’s team will play a women’s Springbok XV in Twickenham at 5:15 p.m. GMT after the men’s team played Samoa at the same location.

The men’s squad includes South African Malcolm Marx, Australian fly half James O’Connor and former Irish and British and Irish Lions full-back Rob Kearney.

Ryan Wilson, who won the last of his 50 caps for Scotland in the away win in France in March, will join Springbok Duane Vermeulen as an option for the back row.

Malcolm MarxMalcolm Marx played for the Barbarians in their victory over Argentina in Twickenham in December 2018

Argentina’s seven star Marcos Moneta, who was the best try scorer in the men’s tournament at the Summer Olympics, is an exciting backline option for trainer Dave Rennie.

Daley-Mclean retired from international play in December after winning 116 caps, but has coached and played occasionally with Premier 15-team Sale Sharks since April 2020.

“I remember when I was 11 or 12 years old and bought a barbarian shirt,” she said.

“[Playing for them] was one of those things you couldn’t dream about because it didn’t exist. It was all famous names in the men’s world who played in this epic, free-flowing style, and the women just didn’t.

“It’s a great honor to be asked. I’ve done some amazing things in my career, but this is really unique.”

Prop Rochelle Clark, England’s top men’s and women’s international, is also on the squad along with Bristol’s front row freerunning Simi Pam and outgoing Irish captain Ciara Griffin.

Natasha Hunt, who together with Daley-Mclean was part of England’s 2014 World Cup success, and Irish center Sene Naoupu are available to the Worcester Warriors rugby director, Jo Yapp, who coaches the team.

“Our preparation is about getting to know each other, merging personalities and playing styles and making sure that every player has the opportunity to express themselves,” said Yapp.

The Barbarians women’s team played for the first time in 2017 and this is their first game since defeating Wales in November 2019.

The men’s team was supposed to play England in October 2020, but the game was canceled after a number of barbarian gamblers breached the Covid protocol.

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