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England name team to face Baa-baas

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The team – skippered by Lions and Gloucester tighthead Phil Vickery – includes a number of fairly inexperienced players who have nevertheless shown tremendous form during the English domestic season.

Both Jones and Brown are regarded as players with huge international potential, as is Bristol flanker Michael Lipman who takes the No.7 shirt.

In the backline, versatile Leeds fullback Dan Scarbrough and powerful Sharks winger Mark Cueto are the other uncapped players who have been given a chance to show their worth against a Barbarians squad which has over 1000 caps worth of experience to call upon.

With 10 capped players in the England line-up, there is a spine of highly-experienced veteran international players in coach Clive Woodward's selection.

In addition to Vickery, fellow Lions Kyran Bracken, Mark Regan and Martin Corry are included as England attempt to repeat the resounding success of last year's fixture when they beat the Baa-baas by 53-29.

No Bath or Wasps players were considered for selection because of the clubs' Parker Pen Challenge Cup Final clash which takes place on the same day.

England: 15 Dan Scarbrough (Leeds), 14 Mark Cueto (Sharks), 13 Jamie Noon (Newcastle), 12 Ben Johnston (Saracens), 11 Phil Christophers (Bristol Shoguns), 10 Dave Walder (Newcastle), 9 Kyran Bracken (Saracens), 8 Chris Jones (Sharks), 7 Michael Lipman (Bristol Shoguns), 6 Martin Corry (Leicester), 5 Alex Brown (Bristol Shoguns), 4 Alex Codling (Harlequins), 3 Phil Vickery (Gloucester, captain), Mark Regan (Leeds), 1 Mike Worsley (London Irish).

Replacements: 16 Andy Titterrell (Sharks), 17 David Flatman (Saracens), 18 Hugh Vyvyan (Newcastle), 19 Pete Anglesea (Sale Sharks), 20 Nick Walshe (Sharks), 21 Kevin Sorrell (Saracens), 22 Simon Amor (Gloucester).

Kick off: May 25, 15.00 BST (14.00 GMT)

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