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Sunday 17 December 2017

Baa Baas send-off for Williams

SHANE WILLIAMS will make his rugby farewell for the Barbarians against Wales tomorrow.

Ospreys star Williams, Wales' record Test try-scorer with 58 touchdowns, retires from the sport this weekend.

He is among three Wales internationals named in the Baa-baas team, being joined by scrum-half Richie Rees and prop Duncan Jones.

Former South Africa captain John Smit will skipper the invitational side from tighthead prop.

Mike Tindall and Casey Laulala are again paired together in midfield, with 35-year-old Williams forging a powerful back-three alongside Mils Muliaina and Leinster hero Isa Nacewa.

The Barbarians lost 57-26 to England at Twickenham last weekend, but they recovered to beat Ireland by a point in Gloucester two days ago and they will arrive at the Millennium Stadium after defeating Wales in last year's corresponding fixture.

BARBARIANS: M Muliaina; I Nacewa, C Laulala, M Tindall, S Williams; S Donald, R Rees; D Jones, B August, J Smit (capt), M O'Driscoll, M Chisholm, F Louw, M Gorgodze, J Beattie. Replacements: A de Malmanche, N Tialata, A van Zyl, A Qera, R Lawson, S Tagicakibau, C Heymans.

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