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Cardiff quartet write latest chapter of Barbarians tradition

First Team News | 21st June 2022

Cardiff’s long-standing history with Barbarians continues this summer as a trio of first team stars will feature for the famous invitational side in Saturday’s clash with Spain.

Rey Lee-Lo, James Botham and Kirby Myhill link up with the Baa Baas squad ahead of the encounter in Gijon, following their thrilling defeat to England at Twickenham.

Also included in the squad is Wales international prop, Scott Andrews, who called time on his professional career over the summer and will now turn his focus to a coaching role in the academy, alongside playing duties with the Rags.

The quartet are the latest in a long line of Blue and Blacks who have worn the famous black and white jersey, from Gareth Edwards and Rob Howley to Jonah Lomu and Barry John.

Back row Botham will follow in the footsteps of father, Liam - a former Cardiff star himself. The ex-wing represented the Baa Baas against a Wales XV in 2002, featuring alongside the likes of Raphael Ibanez, Percy Montgomery, Mario Ledesma and Pieter Muller.

Meetings between Cardiff and Barbarians date back to 1891, with 112 meetings in total, while both clubs are inductees of the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

More recently, the likes of Will Boyde, Olly Robinson, Max Llewellyn and Ioan Davies have all been involved with the invitational sides, but were denied the opportunity to wear the black and white due to Covid.