Serevi capped a spectacular display by scoring three tries and kicking eight conversions in the game – organised in aid of the SALSA Foundation, the charity set up by former Exiles player Jarrod Cunningham who was diagnosed with a form of Motor Neurone Disease last year.
It certainly produced an excellent spectacle for the 3,300 paying punters with both teams fielding teams that blended multi-capped established players with emerging talent drawn from the London Irish and Northampton Saints clubs. The All Stars were captained by former All Black and Samoan fly-half, Steven Bachop and the Barbarians by Rob Howley, the Wales and Lions scrum-half.
The many London Irish supporters present saw the welcome return to action of Justin Bishop and Darren Edwards after their long lay off through injury. Both players performed well with Bishop scoring a hat-trick of sparkling tries.
Two of Bishop's tries, one by Ed Hoadley and another by Olly Hoad were converted by Jarrod Cunningham who appeared as specialist kicker for the All Stars.
While the accountants are working on the final figure, the early indications are that over £30,000 was raised for Jarrod and the Foundation.
For the London Irish All Stars XV:Tries: Steven Bishop 3, Ed Hoadley, Olly Hoad.Cons: Jarrod Cunningham 4
For the Barbarians: Tries: Ripol 3, Satala, Foxe, Delaney, Montgomery, Serevi 3, Brennan, DenneyCons: Serevi 8