16 Apr 14
Munster trained in the sunshine at UL yesterday, ahead of Saturday evening's crucial derby away to Connacht in the RaboDirect PRO12.
So changed times in the space of a week for Munster's most capped player (223) who'll celebrate his 34th birthday next month. He made his Munster debut in November 1998, played in three Heineken Cup finals, of course scoring that memorable try in 2006, and today will show the array of skills, in the most exalted of company, that keeps him to the forefront of the game.
Barbarians: Isaia Toeava (NZL); Sam Tomkins (England RL), Robbie Fruean (Crusaders/NZL), Stirling Mortlock (AUS), Bryan Habana (RSA); Danny Cipriani (ENG), Peter Stringer (IRL); Adam Thomson (NZL), Jerome Kaino (NZL), Mauro Bergamasco (ITA); Victor Matfield (RSA, capt), Simon Shaw (ENG); Sylvain Marconnet (FRA), Keven Mealamu (NZL), Eusebio Guinazu (ARG). Replacements: Adriaan Strauss (RSA), Salvatore Perugini (ITA), Marco Bortolami (ITA), Jason White (SCO), Seru Rabeni (FIJ), Richard Kahui (NZL), Nemia Kenatale (FIJ)
Australia: Adam Ashley-Cooper; Lachie Turner, Rob Horne, Berrick Barnes, Ioane Digby; James O'Connor, Will Genia; Ben McCalman, David Pocock (capt), Scott Higginbotham; Nathan Sharpe, Rob Simmons; Salesi Ma'afu, Tatafu Polota Nau, James Slipper. Replacements: Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander, James Horwill, David Dennis, Matt Hodgson, Nick Phipps, Ben Tapaui