Baa-Baas Return for Test Exile Martyn

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Baa-Baas Return for Test Exile Martyn


Byline: By Simon Thomas Western Mail

Martyn williams is to come out of international retirement - but to play for the Barbarians, not Wales.

The 76-cap Blues flanker will line up for the Baa-Baas against world champions South Africa at Twickenham next Saturday.

He is set to pack down alongside All Blacks powerhouse Jerry Collins and Aussie flanker Rocky Elsom in the back row.

Williams will be joined in the Baa-Baas squad by New Zealand winger Sitiveni Sivivatu and Wallaby backs Chris Latham and Matt Giteau.

The showpiece match is expected to attract a near-capacity crowd, but it has been clouded in controversy.

England's top clubs have been ordered by their governing body Premier Rugby not to release players for the fixture because of the increasingly hectic domestic schedule.

The game clashes with the final round of group matches in the EDF Energy Cup, with places in the semi-final of that competition up for grabs.

Williams, who announced his Test retirement after Wales' World Cup exit at the hands of Fiji, will miss the Blues' EDF trip to Bath as a result of his Twickers appointment with the Springboks.

But the Arms Park outfit will be able to call on Wales openside Robin Sowden-Taylor for next Friday's clash at The Rec. …

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