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Shane Jennings captains Barbarians XV containing Pienaar, Gopperth and Rokocoko

Robbie Deans has named four uncapped players to start in Thomond Park, including Jimmy Gopperth and Toulon’s David Smith.

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RETIRING LEINSTER AND Ireland back row will captain the Barbarians for Thursday’s clash with an Ireland XV in Thomond Park.

Jennings has been selected on the blindside by head coach Robbie Deans and is joined in the back row by Toulon’s Gerhard Vosloo and Ryu Holani of Deans’ club Panasonic Wild Knights.

“It’s an honour to lead out such an illustrious team,” said the 33-year-old.

“It’s a great highlight in my career and we’ll be determined to do the Barbarians jersey justice against Ireland.”

Jennings is one of four starters who played in Ireland this season as he is joined by soon to be ex-team-mates Zane Kirchner and Jimmy Gopperth while Ulster’s Ruan Pienaar is named at scrum-half.

Barbarians (v Ireland):

15 Zane Kirchner (Leinster & South Africa) 29
14 Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues & Wales) 32
13 Joe Rokocoko (Bayonne & New Zealand) 68
12 Wynand Olivier (Montpellier & South Africa) 38
11 David Smith (Toulon)
10 James Gopperth (Leinster)
9 Ruan Pienaar (Ulster & South Africa) 80

1 Roberto Tejerizo (Tucuman & Argentina) 4
2 Deon Fourie (Lyon)
3 Adam Jones (Cardiff Blues & Wales) 95
4 Rodrigo Capo Ortega (Castres & Uruguay) 38
5 Konstantin Mikautadze (Toulon & Georgia) 31
6 Shane Jennings (Leinster & Ireland, Captain) 13
7 Gerhard Vosloo (Toulon)
8 Ryu Koliniasi Holani (Panasonic Wild Knights & Japan) 38

Replacements:

16 David Ward (Harlequins)
17 Saimone Taumoepeau (Castres & New Zealand) 3
18 Matias Diaz (Pampas & Argentina) 8
19 George Whitelock (Panasonic Wild Knights & New Zealand) 1
20 George Smith (Lyon & Australia) 111
21 Tomas Cubelli (Belgrano Ath & Argentina) 34
22 Tusi Pisi (Suntory Sungoliath & Samoa) 20
23 Gio Aplon (Grenoble & South Africa) 17

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