Barbarians Name Squad For Historic Match In Glendale

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The Barbarians FC women's team has named its squad to take on the USA Friday night at Infinity Park in Glendale, CO.

This will be the first-ever game for the Barbarians women's team against an international opponent, and the first-ever game for any Barbarians team against the USA.

The game kicks off at 5PM MT, 7PMET, 12AMGMT/UTC and will be shown LIVE on FloRugby Worldwide.

The Barbarians squad totals 697 international caps, and will feature two Americans in the matchday roster.


New Zealand No. 8 Linda Itunu will captain the team, with prop Steph Te Ohaere-Fox (also New Zealand) and center Helen Nelson (Scotland) serving as vice-captains. Traditionally the Barbarians roster features at least one uncapped player, and that is Wasps wing Tova Derk.

Here is the full Barbarians gameday roster:

1. Rochelle Clark (Wasps & England)
2. Fiao'o Fa'amausili (Auckland Marist & New Zealand)
3. Steph Te Ohaere-Fox, VC (Christchurch & New Zealand)
4. Carmen Farmer (Glendale & USA)
5. Dalena Dennison (Warringah & Australia)
6. Paula Fitzpatrick (St. Mary's & Ireland)
7. Alisha Butchers (Worcester Valkyries & Wales)
8. Linda Itunu, Captain (Ponsonby & New Zealand)
9. Emma Jensen (Hastings & New Zealand)
10. Elinor Snowsill (Bristol Bears & Wales)
11. Alison Miller (Old Belvedere & Ireland)
12. Helen Nelson, VC (Montpelier & Scotland)
13. Amanda Thornborough (Westshore & Canada)
14. Tova Derk (Wasps)
15. Jasmine Joyce (Worcester Valkyries & Wasps)

Reserves:
16. Heather Kerr (Darlington MP & England)
17. Samantha Martinez Gion (Amsterdam & Netherlands)
18. Gill Bourke (Stade Francais & Ireland)
19. Amelia Buckland-Hurry (Bristol Bears)
20. Julia Folk (Castaway Wanderers & Canada)
21. Hannah Stolba (Glendale & USA)
22. Andrea Burk (Capilano & Canada
23. Katie Mason (Wasps & England)



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